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Recent LGBTQ equality news in Georgia
The Atlanta Council unanimously signed a resolution to adopt LGBT Equality Day on June 26 in perpetuity recognizing the trilogy of U.S. Supreme Court cases that have expanded LGBT rights were all decided on June 26 in each of their respective years:
- Lawrence v Texas 2003 – In which the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Teas statute making it a crime for two persons of the same sex to engage in certain intimate sexual conduct violates the Due Process Clause.
- United States v Windsor 2013 – in which the United States Supreme Court held that restricting U.S. federal interpretation of "marriage" and "spouse" to apply only to heterosexual unions, by Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), is unconstitutional under the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment
- Obergefell v Hodges 2015 - In which the Court held in a 5–4 decision that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution