Now the LGBTs rejoice!
After a historic Supreme Court ruling, gay marriage is now legal across the United States.
Five of the nine court justices asserted that the right to marriage equality was enshrined under the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, a gay rights advocate himself, said the ruling was based on the fundamental right to marry among gay Americans. Gay marriage is expected to rise after the ruling.
After the historic ruling, the White House was lit up in rainbow colors, signifying the flag of the LGBTs and in commemoration of Supreme Court’s ruling that now legalizes gay marriage nationwide.
The U.S. is now the 21st country to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. Married same-sex couples will be given and enjoy the same legal rights and benefits as married heterosexual couples. In addition, gay couples will be recognized on official documents particularly death and birth certificates as well.
Secretary Kerry: We Are All Created Equal
In a press statement following the historic ruling by the Supreme Court, US Secretary of State John Kerry said by making marriage equality the law of the land, the Supreme Court reaffirmed one of America’s founding principles that all are created equal.
“Nearly twenty years ago in the United States Senate, I voted against the Defense of Marriage Act for a simple reason: No law should deny the right of gay and lesbian Americans to marry the person they love.” – Secretary Kerry
In addition, Secretary Kerry said the Court’s decision also sends a clear message to every corner of the globe: no law that rests on a foundation of discrimination can withstand the tide of justice.
Secretary Kerry pledged that the US will continue that work, proud of the progress made and mindful of the challenges that still need to be overcome.
US Stands With The LGBTI Community
Kerry said the US is committed to stop all acts of hate and violence against gender non-conforming people.
In July 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order prohibiting discrimination against transgender employees in the federal workplace.
Also, the Department of Justice launched a program to train law enforcement to expand their outreach to the transgender community.
At the State Department, the US supports all efforts to combat discrimination against transgender persons.
The US is focusing on how to stop violence, harassment, and prejudice here in the United States and around the globe.
In addition, the Department announced a new grant to provide emergency aid to some human rights defenders, either because they work on LGBT issues or because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender themselves in 2009.
President Obama signed into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which made it a federal crime to violently attack someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity in 2009. The law enforcement officials in United States now have the tools to respond to gay-bashing and related violent acts wherever they occur in the United States.
President Obama also issued a presidential memorandum extending, to the extent permissible under current law, federal benefits to the same-sex domestic partners of U.S. government employees in 2009.
UN Resolution Advancing Rights Of LGBTs
In November 2011, for the first time in history, the UN adopted a resolution dedicated to advancing the basic and fundamental human rights of LGBT persons.
The US considered the vote at the Human Rights Council marked a major victory for defenders of human rights.
The U.S. delegation voted yes in Geneva, and reaffirmed a basic American promise: to fight discrimination in any guise and to embrace diversity in every form.
The vote marked the beginnings of universal recognition that LGBT persons are endowed with the same inalienable rights as all human beings and entitled to the same protections as all human beings.
The United Nations has codified and enshrined the promise of equality for LGBT persons.
In addition, the United States is now a member of the LGBT Core Group at the United Nations – a decision that was long overdue.
Secretary Kerry, the State Department and President Obama continue to work with Iran even though and Iran continues to hang homosexuals.