Marriage Equality in America
The Supreme Court reached an historic 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodge on Friday, June 26, 2015 when it legalized marriage equality across the United States. Prior to this, states were either embracing or denying marriage equality, with 36 of the 50 states legalizing it on their own.
This was not the first time that marriage equality was in the national spotlight. In June of 2013, United States v. Windsor struck down a key piece of the Defense of Marriage Act, signed into law by Bill Clinton in the mid 1990s. That legal victory led to this year’s set of cases, with gay couples who had been married legally in one state finding that their marriages were not recognized in others.
Within hours of the victory, the religious right vowed that the fight was not over, and very soon states and citizens began to resist the decision. Businesses continued to make headlines by denying services to same-sex weddings based on their religious beliefs. A marriage clerk in Rowan, Kentucky named Kim Davis became a hero to the religious right in September when she was jailed for refusing to sign marriage licenses for same-sex couples on the grounds of her religious beliefs.
Conservatives continue to vow to walk-back the decision, including many of 2016’s Presidential candidates who have promised that they will make it legal for businesses to refuse service to LGBT individuals.
So there’s our round up for 2015. Let us know what you think, and what major stories you would have included in this list.