Obergefell v. Hodges Decision Overturns All State Bans on Marriage
Until today, Georgia was one of the last 13 states that still denied same-sex couples the right to marry. No longer. In today's decision, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that every couple, regardless of sexual orientation, can exercise one of the most fundamental rights in our society - marriage - in any state of our Union.
This is an important victory for equality. Still, Georgians should recognize that the fight for full equality - for all persons, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or any other discriminatory classification - is far from over. As events in the news show on a daily basis, the Constitution's promise of "equal protection of the laws" is far from fulfilled, including in Georgia.
In his opinion, Justice Kennedy stated: "The nature of injustice is that we may not always see it in our own times. The generations that wrote and ratified the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment did not presume to know the extent of freedom in all of its dimensions, and so they entrusted to future generations a character protecting the right of all persons to enjoy liberty as we learn its meaning."
Citizens of Georgia must take these words to heart. As our state moves forward, we hope that, rather than being one of the last states to fulfill equality for all, Georgia can take the lead in fulfilling these fundamental protections.