Today, in a historic ruling, the Supreme Court affirmed the right of every American to marry the person they love, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation.
This ruling means that couples can now get married in all 50 states and that no matter where they go in this great nation, their right to marry, and to be recognized as married, cannot be denied or infringed upon.
It means that partners and wives and husbands can visit their loved ones in the hospital when they are sick. It means they can access the same tax benefits afforded to other married couples in their state. It means they can breathe easy knowing that as they pursue their happiness, their rights are equally protected under the law.
Generations of Americans have worked tirelessly - lobbying behind the scenes, marching in our cities, demanding legal protection, and dedicating countless hours of activism - to fight this battle. Today, the Supreme Court was on the right side of history, joining those Americans who have been all along.
We have all gained something from today's historic ruling. We can now come together to celebrate all peoples' marriages, families and futures. There is still a lot of work to be done. Homophobia still rages across the country. An estimated 400,000 gay and transgender youth face homelessness every year. The average life expectancy for a black trans woman in our country is only 35 years. But today was an incredibly important day for this struggle, and that should be celebrated.
The Columbia University College Democrats Executive Board
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