SCOTUS Declares Marriage Equality Across The Land — America Is A Little More Equal (But Not Done Yet)
June 26, 2015, is a day of historic significance: today, marriage equality is the law of the land across America. It isn’t clear whether marriage licenses will be immediately available to same-sex couples in those states that have resisted the movement, but it is clear that, in this decision, equality has won.
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The SCOTUS blog announced the decision early Friday morning, as it was also announced from the steps of the Supreme Court. The decision was five to four in favor of marriage equality in all states, with Justices Alito, Scalia, Roberts, and Thomas dissenting.
Across the nation, we celebrate this right to marriage, but must also recognize that, while this is a victory for equality, there are many victories yet to be won.
LGBT students face higher suicide rates, in part due to bullying. Per the CDC, LGBT kids are more subject to bullying, depression, and suicidal tendencies than kids of cis sexualities. Today’s decision may help to alleviate some of the stigma connected to non-cis sexualities, but by no means will it be an instant end. Going forward, we need more victories in ending mistreatment of humans for their sexuality.
The discrimination against transgender individuals is still massive, and there is still a fight for individuals to be allowed to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity, to be legally recognized by their appropriate gender identity, and for such small dignities as being able to use a gender-appropriate name (rather than a name assigned at birth) on Facebook.
Today, the SCOTUS has struck a great blow for equality. America is a little bit more equal than yesterday — and for those who have been denied the right to marriage, it is a significant change.
We have a long way yet to go for equality, but today’s decision for marriage equality is evidence that America can get there — that America can grow more equal, and continue to progress.