HNBA STATEMENT ON LANDMARK U.S. SUPREME COURT MARRIAGE EQUALITY DECISION
Washington, DC – Today, the United States Supreme Court decided the landmark marriage equality case of Obergefell v. Hodges, recognizing the right of same-sex couples to marry under the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the federal Constitution.
These cases came from Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee, where over a dozen LGBT couples challenged their states’ bans on same-sex marriage or those states’ refusal to recognize their lawful marriages performed in other states. The high court defined the two issues before it as: “1) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? 2) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?” In sweeping language invoking the dignity of marriage and same-sex couples’ right to partake in that institution, the U.S. Supreme Court answered “Yes” to both questions.
Cynthia D. Mares, HNBA National President, released the following statement:
"Today, the Supreme Court reaffirmed that our Constitution guarantees equal rights to every American. This is a monumental victory for our country, for equality, and, most of all, for loving same-sex couples and their families across the country. The Hispanic National Bar Association stands proudly with the courageous plaintiffs who brought the fight for marriage equality and equal dignity to our Nation's highest court. The fight for full equality, however, is not over. We remain committed to fight until all Americans are free from discrimination in the office, marketplace, and home."
Robert T. Maldonado, HNBA National President-Elect, released the following statement:
"On this historic day, we applaud the plaintiffs and legal organizations that made this victory possible. This fight united a broad coalition of allies working together to ensure that the next generation of Americans will live in a more tolerant and accepting society in which all families, including families such as mine that are headed by same-sex couples, are treated equally in every state of this country. We look forward to continue working together with our brothers and sisters across different communities in the collective fight for full equality and the end of unjust discrimination."
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About the Hispanic National Bar Association
The Hispanic National Bar Association is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership association that represents the interests of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, law students, and legal professionals in the United States and its territories. Since 1972, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession by creating opportunities for Hispanic lawyers and by helping generations of lawyers to succeed. The HNBA has also effectively advocated on issues of importance to the national Hispanic community. While we are proud of our accomplishments, we are mindful that our mission is as vital today as it was four decades ago, especially as the U.S. Hispanic population continues to grow. For more information, please visit www.hnba.com.