Today in a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court ruled in favor of nationwide marriage equality. Citing the 14th amendment the brief handed down says “The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State.” Furthermore the brief indicates that the bans on same sex marriage are unconstitutional under the same premise and for the same reasons as the bans on interracial marriage prior to the Loving v. Virgina decision in 1967.
This is a historic day for the United States as well as the LGBTQ community because it now brings us in line with more than 20 other first world nations in granting universal marriage equality, and also grants a measure of security and stability to people who were afraid to move or travel due to the patchwork of laws that had been laid down. For us in Arkansas this means that the current appeal in regards to the state ban is no longer an issue as the Obergefell v. Hodges decision trumps any decision that would have been made.
We, here at TEN, applaud the decision and feel it is fitting to be handed down the day before PRIDE celebrations commence.
Fayetteville’s New Uniform Civil Rights Protection Ordinance is up for special election on September 8th!!!
The campaign will kick off shortly and the #ForFayetteville team is looking for volunteers to help get the word out.
Check out the links below to help us bring Uniform Civil Rights Protections to Fayetteville.
- Check your Voter Registration or Register to Vote
- Sign up to be a volunteer
- Contribute to the campaign
- Vote on September 8th
Tuesday June 16, 5:30pm, the Fayetteville City Council will be meeting with a new draft of the repealed Civil Rights Ordinance on the agenda. This is another chance for our city to gain the protections we need for our LGBTQ residents.
Such things are not gained without a fight however and we need everyone to roll up their sleeves to help, either by speaking at the ordinance reading, by volunteering with the For Fayetteville campaign, or by donating funds to the effort.
Representatives of the Transgender Equality Network will be speaking at the meeting and will be on hand to help coordinate the efforts of our trans* community to make our voices heard!