Today the Supreme Court held that same-sex couples can no longer be denied the freedom to marry guaranteed by the Constitution, assuring that soon all loving and committed couples will be able to marry throughout the United States.
“Today’s ruling is a transformative triumph decades in the making, a momentous victory for freedom, equality, inclusion, and above all, love,” said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry. “For anyone who ever doubted that we could bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice, today the United States again took a giant step toward the more perfect union we the people aspire to. Today the Liberty Bell rings alongside wedding bells across an ocean of joy.”
“With the ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, the justices affirmed what a super-majority of Americans had come to understand: the freedom to marry is a precious, fundamental right that belongs to all, and that same-sex couples and our families share the same dreams and needs as any others,” Wolfson said.
“Today, the Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land, affirming the founding principle of the United States of America that all individuals are created equal,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “I believe strongly in the rights of all citizens to participate fully in the civic and economic life of our communities, which is why I fought so hard to bring marriage equality to our state, and I’m extremely proud that New Hampshire helped pave the way to this truly historic day.”
“Throughout our history, every time we have sought to include all people in the life of our democracy, we have grown stronger, and this decision is a momentous victory in our enduring quest to build a brighter future by fully including all people in our society,” Hassan said.
“I am elated by the Supreme Court’s decision today in favor of marriage equality for all gay and lesbian couples in this country,” said Senator Jeanne Shaheen. “It’s been five years since New Hampshire embraced marriage equality, and now, finally, the rest of the country will no longer discriminate based on whom one loves or where one lives. Marriage discrimination against gays and lesbians and their families has done needless harm for far too long, but today we can celebrate that those days are coming to a close. This decision will be remembered as a monumental moment in our nation’s progress towards freedom and equality for all.”
“In America, every citizen has an inalienable right to equal protection under the law, and no one should be discriminated against simply because of who they are or whom they love,” said Congresswoman Annie Kuster. “With today’s historic ruling, the Supreme Court has come down on the side of equality and made a difference in the lives of millions of individuals across the nation who can now marry the person they love. I applaud the Supreme Court for standing up for the ideals this nation was founded on, and for ensuring that every American, regardless of his or her sexual orientation, has the legal right to marry in every state across the country.”
Congresswoman Kuster has long advocated in favor of marriage equality. Earlier this year, she joined with over 200 of her colleagues in Congress to submit an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to rule in favor of equal protection in the eyes of the law. A strong advocate for equal rights, Kuster also signed a similar amicus brief to the Supreme Court in 2012 advocating for the Court to overturn the prejudicial Defense of Marriage Act, thereby forcing the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages as legal. Kuster is a member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, an organization dedicated to promoting equal protection under the law for LGBT Americans. She has also cosponsored the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), and she is committed to passing legislation to ensure that employees cannot be discriminated against in the workplace because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Shawn O’Connor, who is running to be the first LGBT Member of Congress from New Hampshire, offered the following comments in celebration of this momentous decision:
“Obergefell v. Hodges represents the Brown v. Board of Education of today’s generation. No longer will same-sex couples be denied this basic human right in 15 states. Today’s ruling is a victory not only for all the members of our community, but also for our allies and all those who have been persecuted due to race, gender, sexual orientation or disability and who have fought for decades to right such wrongs. Today is a victory for every American’s civil rights. But most importantly, it is a victory for love.”
This decision is a giant leap forward for the LGBT community but we still have work to do.
“Justice Scalia’s dissent highlights the fact that, while great strides have been made in the LGBT fight for equality, today represents the beginning of the next stage of our journey towards complete inclusiveness. In 29 states, same-sex couples can be married on a Saturday and then fired on Monday. That is un-American. As your next Congressman, I will fight tirelessly to pass comprehensive, LGBT non-discrimination legislation,” concluded O’Connor.
“Today’s decision marks a truly historic day in our fight for equal rights, a victory that was only possible because of the tremendous leadership of courageous individuals in New Hampshire and across our nation,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley.
“Although Granite Staters have been leaders in the fight for equal rights for many years, there are still far too many that want to reverse our progress. The New Hampshire Republican Party (whose anti-equality platform is now unconstitutional), Kelly Ayotte, Frank Guinta, and every one of the Republican presidential hopefuls have all fought against the rights of our neighbors, friends, and relatives. We cannot and we will not let them pull our nation backward,” said Buckley.
After the Supreme Court decision Senator Kelly Ayotte stated, “While I believe in traditional marriage, I respect the Court’s decision and I believe New Hampshire’s legally married same-sex couples should be treated equally under the law no matter where they live.”
Kelly Ayotte isn’t fooling anyone with her attempt to cover up that she’s been one of the most strident opponents of marriage equality for years.
Not only has Ayotte said, “I absolutely support and believe in marriage as between a man and a woman,” but she’s also called New Hampshire’s landmark marriage equality law “unfortunate,” and commended efforts to repeal the law. Not to mention that Ayotte has even opposed adoption rights for same-sex couples.
“From encouraging the repeal of New Hampshire’s landmark marriage equality law to opposing adoption rights for same-sex couples, Kelly Ayotte has consistently fought against equal rights for our citizens,” said Buckley. “Granite Staters won’t forget Ayotte’s calls to reverse our progress and pull our state backward, and we will hold her accountable for her anti-equality actions at the ballot box in November 2016.”