Family Equality Council Statement On Scotus Decision To Hear Four Landmark Same-Sex Marriage Cases


Decision could legalize same-sex marriage nationwide in months

The Family Equality Council commends the Supreme Court following its decision this afternoon to take up four landmark same-sex marriage cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. The legal debate over same-sex marriage could be decided in a matter of months.

Statement from Executive Director Gabriel Blau:

“With today’s decision, the Supreme Court has justly prioritized a human rights issue that impacts the millions of LGBTQ Americans — and their children — the Family Equality Council represents. The Family Equality Council has been deeply involved in this critical matter, submitting ‘Voices of Children’ briefs to the Supreme Court in which the sons and daughters of LGBTQ parents explained how the lack of marriage equality impacted their legal well-being and personal self-esteem. The high court should settle the marriage question and provide the country’s same-sex couples — especially the 3 million LGBTQ parents raising 6 million children — with validation and closure. All LGBTQ families deserve to be recognized, respected and protected, regardless of which of the 50 states they call home. The Family Equality Council is optimistic that same-sex marriage will be a constitutional right nationwide by June.”

Currently, same-sex marriage is legal in 36 states. A recent CNN/ORC International survey showed that 57 percent of Americans think gay men and lesbians should have a constitutional right to marry.

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About Family Equality Council®:  Family Equality Council® connects, supports, and represents the three million parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer in this country today and their six million children of all ages. We are changing attitudes and policies to ensure that all families are respected, loved, and celebrated—including families with parents who are LGBTQ. We are a community of parents, children, grandparents, and grandchildren that reaches across this country. For over 30 years we have raised our children and raised our voices toward fairness for all families.