Last Saturday marked 10 years since Sakia Gunn, a 15-year-old Black lesbian, was murdered in downtown Newark, N.J., for being who she was. Today, we honor the memory of Sakia Gunn and all those we’ve lost because of anti-LGBT hatred and violence.
The Minnesota Senate voted 37-30 today to grant same-sex couples the freedom to marry.
The measure now goes to Gov. Mark Dayton, who said he will sign it into law tomorrow.
Jennifer C. Pizer, Lambda Legal's Law & Policy Project Director, worked with Minnesota advocates on the substance of the marriage bill. She released the following statement:
Lambda Legal is voicing its support the REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act, which would encourage states to reconsider laws and practices that unfairly target people with HIV for consensual sex and conduct that poses no real risk of HIV transmission.
Today, the Delaware Senate voted to grant the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in Delaware. Governor Jack Markell signed the bill into law, and Delaware has joined the rapidly growing list of jurisdictions in the United States where the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage has ended.
The Court built upon its 2009 ruling in Lambda Legal's landmark case Varnum v. Brien, which ordered that same-sex couples and their families be treated equally under state law, and won the right for same-sex couples to marry.