July 4, 2014 by Hayley Miller, Digital Media Associate
Around the country today, LGBT Americans and their allies are celebrating the Fourth of July holiday in a nation where the marriage equality landscape is rapidly changing. Loving and committed same-sex couples all across the country are standing up for their rights and dignity, challenging discriminatory state marriage bans and antiquated statutes.
Since the landmark rulings last year on marriage equality, 16 consecutive federal courts have ruled that bans on marriage equality are unconstitutional. Nationally, Gallup puts support for marriage equality at 55 percent – an astonishing 15 points increase from just 5 years ago.
As President Obama said after the ruling on DOMA: "When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.”
As we celebrate America’s independence, we should remember that there is more work to do for LGBT rights. There are over 70 court cases challenging discriminatory marriage bans across the country in 30 states and Puerto Rico. There is no state law in 29 states prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation, or in 33 states based on gender identity. For far too many LGBT Americans, there is simply no legal remedy when they are denied a job, denied a promotion or fired simply because of who they are.
So today, reflect not just on this nation and its extraordinary promise of freedom for all, but on how you can continue the fight for freedom, here and overseas.