What a day! After decades of work by Lambda Legal and many others, we have at long last secured the freedom to marry for all same-sex couples throughout the entire United States. Today’s moving and inspirational decision in Obergefell v. Hodges is one for the history books. Here are five important things to know about the decision:
Lambda Legal called on three courts to act immediately to strike down bans on marriage for same-sex couples in North Dakota, Louisiana and Puerto Rico in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic ruling declaring marriage bans across the country unconstitutional. Lambda Legal is litigating marriage cases in those jurisdictions which have been pending during the Supreme Court’s consideration.
In a historic decision, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry violates the U.S. Constitution. The Court’s decision invalidates all state statutes and constitutional amendments barring same-sex couples from marriage. Lambda Legal was co-counsel in one of the landmark cases decided today.
On April 28, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in six cases from four states concerning marriage for same-sex couples. The Court asked counsel to address two questions in their presentation:
Question 1: Must states allow same-sex couples to marry under the United States Constitution? Question 2: Must states recognize the legal marriages entered by same-sex couples in other jurisdictions?
There are three possible outcomes.