Following the Supreme Court’s recent historic decision to grant same-sex couples throughout the United States the freedom to marry and the right to recognition of their marriages in Obergefell v. Hodges, many questions have surfaced about just how the ruling will affect same-sex couples and families. In an attempt to answer many of these questions, legal teams at Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Freedom to Marry, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) teamed up to develop a joint FAQ.
Lambda Legal has a long history of standing up against the discrimination of LGBT people and people living with HIV. While we have had many victories, our community is still impacted by senseless killings, mistreatment by police including profiling and excessive use of force, discrimination in schools and workplaces and other forms of injustice.
In light of the ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges which struck down marriage bans nationwide, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit vacated the district court’s ruling in Conde-Vidal v. Rius-Armendariz, that had upheld Puerto Rico’s discriminatory ban.
Some members of the LGBT community, especially those LGBT people of color who simultaneously face the lived realities of both racism and discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, know all too well what it’s like to live in terror in this country because of who they are.