We are deeply saddened by the Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder to strike Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which required federal pre-clearance of changes in voting rules in states and localities with histories of racial disenfranchisement.
We are relieved that the Court has preserved its 2003 Grutter decision. As legal advocates for LGBT people and people with HIV of all races and ethnicities, we are deeply committed to the values of diversity and fairness.
In 10 years, how did we get from an America in which 13 states still had anti-sodomy laws that made criminals of lesbian and gay people just for having sex, to an America where 13 jurisdictions allow same-sex couples the freedom to marry? Answer: We relied on the Constitution.
The history of sexual orientation discrimination continues to tarnish the record of approximately 11,400 service members were discharged on the basis of their sexual orientation between World War II and the end of DADT in 2011.