LGBTQ Equality Day
Our nation has seen the LGBTQ community take important strides in the fight for full equality. During the past two decades, the Supreme Court has issued three landmark rulings on June 26th that helped curtail LGBTQ discrimination, affirm the dignity of same-sex couples and move our country toward a more perfect union:
1. Lawrence v. Texas (June 26, 2003), in which the Court ruled that states could no longer criminalize the private conduct of same-sex couples. This ruling invalidated over a dozen discriminatory state laws.
2. United States v. Windsor (June 26, 2013), in which the Court ruled that same-sex couples who were legally married in their state have the right to the benefits and protections provided by marriage under federal law.
3. Obergefell v. Hodges (June 26, 2015), in which the Court ruled that same-sex couples had the constitutional right to legally marry, ending marriage discrimination and validating same-sex relationships nationwide.
To honor these important moments, I introduced a resolution this week that would recognize June 26 as “LGBTQ Equality Day” across the United States. My resolution is about commemorating how far we have come in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and how far we still must go to ensure full LGBTQ equality. As we know, the LGBTQ community still faces discrimination in the workplace and elsewhere, and I’ll continue fighting until full equality is achieved.
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