Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Representing the 12th District of California

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Pelosi Statement on One Year Anniversary of Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage Equality

Jun 24, 2016
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today released this statement on the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality, which was announced on June 26, 2015:

“This weekend, we mark one year since the Supreme Court unequivocally affirmed that equal justice means marriage equality.  In communities across America, loving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans are finally free to marry who they love and enjoy the same rights and privileges as other married couples.  With this monumental decision, America moved closer to fulfilling the promise of our greatest ideals.           

“One year later, however, LGBT Americans are still targets of violence and a shameful agenda of discrimination advancing in statehouses and in the Congress.  Nearly two weeks after the heartbreaking anti-LGBT mass shooting that claimed the lives of 49 people and terrorized the LGBT community, Congress must unite to disarm hate.  We must strive to end anti-LGBT discrimination everywhere by passing the Equality Act.

“We rejoice at how far we have come together.  Thanks to President Obama, the Stonewall Inn is now a National Monument.  In toppling ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, passing inclusive hate crimes legislation, and winning marriage equality, we have the forward momentum needed to usher in a new era of progress for America.  Let us continue to ensure equality for LGBT families, reject discrimination, and act to improve our country for all.”

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