ACLU of Louisiana Comment on Marriage Equality Victory
U.S. Supreme Court Declares State Marriage Bans for Same-Sex Couples Unconstitutional
NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. Supreme Court today issued a sweeping and historic decision that affords gay and lesbian couples the same legal right to marry and recognition of their marriages as different-sex couples. The ruling invalidates discriminatory laws in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee upheld by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and as a practical matter, requires all 50 states to allow same-sex couples to marry.
“This is a great victory for equality and freedom,” said ACLU of Louisiana Executive Director Marjorie Esman. “The Supreme Court has recognized that fundamental rights must and do apply to everyone, and that the fundamental right to marry cannot be denied to two consenting adults. The country has taken a great step forward today, and it’s a day to rejoice for those couples who seek nothing more than to have their relationships given the dignity that they deserve.”
Every month, you'll receive regular roundups of the most important civil rights and civil liberties developments. Remember: a well-informed citizenry is the best defense against tyranny.
The Latest in LGBTQ Rights
New Lawsuit Argues Combined Restrictions on Health Care for Trans Youth and Abortion Violated State Constitution
Sasha Colby Is Winning in More Ways Than One
Southern Utah Drag Stars File Lawsuit Challenging the City of St. George’s Censorship of Drag Performances
Oklahoma Attorney General Signs Non-Enforcement Agreement on Health Care Ban for Trans Youth
The American Civil Liberties Union is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America.
Learn More About LGBTQ Rights
The ACLU works to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people can live openly without discrimination and enjoy equal rights, personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association.