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Statement By Speaker Mark-Viverito regarding Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage Equality

Statement By Speaker Mark-Viverito

New York City Council

Re: Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage Equality

“This is an intensely meaningful, historic and affirming day in our nation’s history.

Today, the Supreme Court continued our country’s march toward a more perfect union and once again proved we are a nation always striving toward fairness, decency and justice. From this moment on and for generations to come, marriage equality is a civil and human right for LGBTQ couples and no one – no matter where you live in this country or who you love – will be denied that right.

This decision is a cause for celebration, but it also a cause for reflection. This has been an extended struggle going back decades. For a long and unfortunate time, millions of LGBTQ couples were denied the right to marry. In countless election cycles they were demonized, degraded and used as political pawns in electoral games. But through it all, activists and allies persevered knowing that the cause of marriage equality is not only a moral and human right – it is also a constitutional right.

As we celebrate this momentous decision, we must remind ourselves that the struggle for LGBTQ justice is not over. There are too many LGBTQ people suffering from unjust and pervasive discrimination all over the world and we will not rest until those injustices are made right.  New York has been proud to lead the fight for equal rights for the LGBTQ community. From Stonewall to the Marriage Equality Act of 2011, New York has been helped lead the way. We will continue to fight to ensure our LGBTQ community has the same rights as everyone. This means we must pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act in New York State and a comprehensive LGBTQ civil rights law in Washington – because discrimination and bigotry are never the answer.

This outcome is what happens when people persevere and fight injustices. Obergefell v. Hodges now takes its place in the history books. It’s time to rejoice and I thank the dedicated, organizers, lawyers, community leaders and millions of people from every, state and territory all over the country who made this day possible.”

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“Hoy es un día intensamente significativo, histórico y afirmativo en la historia de esta nación.

Hoy, el Tribunal Supremo continuó la marcha de este país hacia una unión más perfecta; y demostró, una vez más, que es una nación que siempre busca la igualdad, la decencia y la justicia. De hoy en adelante, y para las generaciones por venir, la igualdad en el matrimonio es un derecho civil y humano para las parejas LGBTQ y nadie – no importa donde viva en este país o a quien ame – le será negado ese derecho.

Esta decisión es motivo de celebración, pero también de reflexión. Esta ha sido una lucha de décadas. Por un tiempo desafortunado y largo, a millones de parejas LGBTQ se les negó el derecho a casarse. En innumerables ciclos electorales fueron demonizados, degradados y utilizados como chivos expiatorios en juegos electorales. Pero durante todo eso, activistas y aliados perseveraron sabiendo que la causa de la igualdad matrimonial no sólo es un derecho moral y humano – sino también un derecho constitucional.

Mientras celebramos esta monumental decisión, tenemos que recordar que la lucha por la justicia LGBTQ no ha terminado. Hay demasiadas personas LGBTQ sufriendo de discriminación injusta alrededor del mundo y no vamos a descansar hasta que se corrijan esas injusticias. Nueva York orgullosamente ha liderado la lucha por los derechos iguales para la comunidad LGBTQ. De Stonewall a la Ley de Igualdad Matrimonial del 2011, Nueva York orgullosamente ha sido líder en el camino. Continuaremos luchando para asegurar que nuestra comunidad LGBTQ tenga los mismos derechos que todos. Esto significa que tenemos que pasar la Ley de No Discrimen por Expresión de Género en el estado de Nueva York y una ley comprehensiva de derechos civiles para la comunidad LGBTQ en Washington – porque el discrimen y el odio nunca son respuesta.

Este resultado es lo que sucede cuando la gente persevere y lucha contra las injusticias. Obergefell v. Hodges ahora ocupa su lugar en los libros de historia. Es tiempo de regocijarnos y quiero agradecer a los dedicados activistas, líderes comunitarios y millones de personas de cada estado y territorio que hizo este día posible”.

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