WASHINGTON, D.C., January 16, 2015: Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron released the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court’s acceptance of cases dealing with marriage equality:
Since the Supreme Court issued landmark rulings in 2013, 31 federal district and appellate judges have struck down bans on marriage equality. Citing not only the majority decision extending federal recognition, but also Justice Scalia’s dissent in that case, these judges have drawn the only logical conclusion: Denying the freedom to marry is abhorrent to the American values embedded in our Constitution.
Seventy percent of Americans now live in marriage equality states, and marriage bans on the basis of sexual orientation should be considered relics of a discarded past.
A few judges have taken a contrary view. Now the Supreme Court has the chance to make absolutely clear that denying marriage equality is unconstitutional – and un-American.
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