Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Applauds SCOTUS Decision on Marriage Equality
June 26, 2015
Washington DC- Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the following statement today following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states:
“I applaud the Supreme Court's ruling today,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “Some countries in the world are theocracies. Fortunately, the United States of America is not one of them. Therefore, as long as the government is involved in marriage, it must do so with fairness—treating all Americans equally. Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court is an important victory to this end.”
In its 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Fourteenth Amendment requires all states to allow marriage between same-sex couples and to recognize a marriage between same-sex couples when their marriage was lawfully performed out-of-state. Obergefell combined four cases with same-sex plaintiffs seeking to marry in Michigan, and Kentucky; as well as same-sex plaintiffs seeking to have their out-of-state marriages recognized in Ohio, Tennessee, and Kentucky.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is a co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, and previously cosponsored the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, to protect employees from being fired for their sexual orientation.