MINNEAPOLIS – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a historic legal opinion for marriage equality in America with its decision to declare the freedom to marry a constitutional right in the United States. The ruling paves the way for marriages to be performed for the first time in all 50 states, and for all marriages to be considered equal under the law.
State Senator Scott Dibble and State Representative Karen Clark (DFL – Minneapolis) released the following statement on the decision:
“This is a moment for tremendous celebration all across the country. Today the Supreme Court recognized that marriage is about love and family, and that every marriage is equal.
We’ve made great strides in recent years since Minnesota became the first state where voters rejected a constitutional amendment to bar marriages in 2012, and then the 12th state to recognize all marriages in 2013. Residents in 37 states now enjoy the freedom to marry, and this decision opens up that right to families in the entire country. Social recognition and access to literally thousands of rights, benefits and guarantees means that families will be more secure, and our communities will be stronger for that.
We are so proud of the work of hard working people – activists, our families, our allies — all across the country as they persevered these many years for the rights of all Americans. We’ve taken one more huge step on that long journey towards freedom in our country. Today, once again, love prevails!
We are excited to celebrate this incredible moment with our community this evening at Mattie’s on Main, 43 Main Street SE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, at 4 p.m., along with OutFront Minnesota.”