Congresswoman Speier Applauds Supreme Court Decision Legalizing Gay Marriage in All 50 States
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo counties) released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which declared that all states must issue and recognize same-sex marriage licenses, bringing marriage equality to all 50 states.
“Love has finally prevailed!” said Speier. “In twenty-eight pages, the Supreme Court said what we have known all along: Love is love, and same-sex families deserve the same rights as any family. At the entryway to my Congressional office in Washington D.C. stands a California flag bearing the rainbow stripes of the LGBT movement. It’s a marker of how far we’ve come that such a flag is now commonplace throughout the nation.
“This is a time for celebration and it is also a time to remember the work ahead of us. We have come so far, but this is only the beginning of our work for LGBT rights. Marriage isn’t the final goal—equality is the goal.
“Right now, we don’t have laws preventing housing, credit, workplace, or healthcare discrimination. There is so much more to be done, which is why I’ve pushed for transgender rights in the military and the intelligence community, expanded health benefits for same-sex couples and transgender Americans, and called for a ban on so-called gay conversion therapy. I will continue to work with my colleagues to promote LGBT equality however I can.”
Congresswoman Speier is a member of the House LGBT Equality Caucus and joined 167 Representatives and 44 Senators in filing an amicus curiae brief for this case in support of marriage equality.