PCHR reacts to SCOTUS marriage equality ruling

PHILADELPHIA, June 26 — Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations Executive Director Rue Landau issued the following statement on today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, which enshrines a significant civil right:
“We are thrilled by the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic decision for marriage equality.  This decision is the first step in ending the unequal patchwork of laws protecting the LGBT community that had been created across the country.  Now, all marriages will be recognized as equal, regardless of who you love or where you live in America.  
 
“While we celebrate this decision today, we must get back to work tomorrow to continue the fight for essential nondiscrimination laws in our own state, as well as the rest of the country.  
 
“It’s been 50 years since the first national protest for gay rights occurred in front of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall and Philadelphia’s lawmakers were among the first to get the message.  We have had laws protecting people based on sexual orientation and gender identity for decades, and it has made us a safer, healthier and stronger community. Now is the time for Pennsylvania and all other states to follow suit.”

Image courtesy of VisitPhilly

Image courtesy of VisitPhilly

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