National Immigration Law Center Applauds Supreme Court Decision on Same Sex Marriage

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June 26, 2015

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National Immigration Law Center Applauds Supreme Court Decision on Same Sex Marriage

WASHINGTON — In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court today ruled that the U.S. Constitution guarantees the freedom to marry to all Americans.

Today’s ruling follows oral arguments at the Supreme Court in April regarding whether states have the right to outlaw gay marriage and, even if they do, whether they must honor marriages performed in states that allow same-sex marriage. The cases, consolidated under the title Obergefell v. Hodges, were from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee, and included more than 20 plaintiffs.

In response to today’s decision, Marielena Hincapié, executive director of National Immigration Law Center, made the following statement:

“Today, the Supreme Court issued a historic decision that will be remembered for generations to come affirming what Americans have come to understand: the freedom to marry is a precious, fundamental right that belongs to all of us.

It’s a proud day for our country, as this decision marks a victory for freedom, equality, inclusion, and love. As our country continues the long journey towards true and full equality for same-sex couples and other traditionally marginalized individuals and communities, this ruling is a strong reminder of the type of inclusion and equality we are capable of.”

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