Three days later, in the middle of his re-election campaign, Barack Obama followed the lead of his vice-president. In , Bill Clinton had signed the Defense of Marriage Act Doma in the middle of the night because he thought that was necessary to ensure his re-election. Now a new Democratic president had embraced the push for equality as a political plus, especially with the younger voters who were so important to his success. The tidal wave of change continued.
Gay Marriage And The Civil Rights Of All American People
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That's the assessment of Hillary Goodridge, one of 14 people whose lawsuit led Massachusetts in to become the first state to sanction gay and lesbian marriages. Twelve years later, by a vote, the high court made it 50 states. More than , same-sex couples in the United States are married, including about , who have wed since the ruling. The Supreme Court extended workplace protections nationwide last week for the LGBTQ community, ruling that a landmark civil rights law barring sex discrimination in the workplace applies to gay, lesbian and transgender workers. But the court's majority , led by conservative Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch , did not close the door on religious exemptions, saying "other employers in other cases may raise free exercise arguments that merit careful consideration. The court already is considering four major religion cases, including several with implications for gay, lesbian and transgender people. Those seeking religious exemptions "are feeling intense public pressure
R oughly half of Americans think federal law bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Despite four years of nationwide same-sex marriage, despite rapidly growing cultural acceptance for LGBTQ people, despite extensive annual Pride celebrations—these Americans are wrong. In the spring, the House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, a sweeping bill that would prohibit anti-LGBTQ discrimination in all aspects of public and commercial life, without any religious exemptions. In the fall, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case R.
Same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue for many gay Americans, but many African Americans disagree. Byron Rushing D-Mass. Thomas Allen Harris explores Rushing's work on behalf of gay marriage in a documentary short, Marriage Equality.