In a long awaited decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality in America. The 5-4 decision in the case of Obergefell vs. Hodges was released this (Friday) morning.
Justice Kennedy wrote the decision of the court.Justice Roberts wrote the dissent.
Freedom Indiana will host a rally in the South steps of the Statehouse at noon TODAY.
A celebration will also be held at the Metro nightclub on Mass Ave. at 5 p.m.
Various public officials are already commenting on today's historic decision.
Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson:
"Today's ruling reinforces the belief that a solid majority of Hoosiers have already expressed: that marriage equality is a matter of fundamental fairness.
"This ruling makes even clearer the need to extend Indiana's civil rights protections to members of the LGBT community.
“The journey toward equality in the Hoosier state has been winding but today’s decision signifies a momentous victory along that path.
“This decision gives ultimate resolution to same-sex couples recently married but unsure upon what legal ground their nuptials stood.
“This decision adds significance to the growing chorus of Hoosiers who have and continue to say it’s time to outlaw discrimination in Indiana.
“Today we celebrate progress. Tomorrow we begin anew our efforts to make sure everyone knows that Indiana is an accepting and welcoming state that does not discriminate.”
“This is a huge step in a long, winding journey of reaching marriage equality.”
“I am happy with this outcome but we are still far from where we need to be to reach Hoosier equality. The next step is to push even harder on expanding civil rights in our state Constitution to include same-sex marriage.”
Joe Hogsett, former U.S. Attorney and Indianapolis Mayoral Candidate
“Today’s decision is a victory for thousands of families in Indianapolis and millions across the United States. We are blessed to live in a city that truly welcomes all, and I’m proud that our country has taken this historic step toward greater equality for all.”
Freedom Indiana campaign manager Katie Blair
"So many families have waited so long for this day that it hardly seems real, but the Court made clear today that all Americans should have the freedom to marry the person they love.
"Freedom Indiana got its start two years ago fighting a proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw the very thing the Court today recognized as "a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person." Hoosier couples won the freedom to marry last June. And now same-sex marriage is the law of the land in the United States.
"As we celebrate this victory for families across our nation, we must not forget that our work here is not done. In Indiana, you can still be fired, denied housing or turned away for service because you are gay. Without statewide nondiscrimination protections in place, LGBT Hoosiers have to seek out inclusive communities. They should feel welcome everywhere, and we'll continue our fight to update state civil rights laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
"Just as all Americans should have the freedom to marry, we want to make sure all Hoosiers have the freedom to live, work and play in our state with no fear of discrimination."
U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN):
“I welcome today’s Supreme Court ruling that all Americans are now free to marry whom they love. We are a stronger state in Indiana and a stronger country when we support inclusion, respect, and equality for all Americans.”
House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City:
“For a second day, the highest court in the land has struck a blow for common sense.
“After upholding the legality of providing affordable health care for all Americans, our justices have declared that archaic state laws should not stand in the way of two people who love each other and want to marry.
“Most Americans have been accepting of this day for quite a while now, and perhaps some will also recognize a bit of irony. The final impetus toward lifting a ban on marriage came from the overzealous efforts of lawmakers who could not question their own backward thinking enough to see that our world has changed. Their miscalculations finally went too far, and now they must begin to make peace with their irrational fears.
“But our work is not done in Indiana. In 2016, our state legislature will have to confront the outrageous inequity that prevents gays, lesbians, and the transgendered from having basic civil rights. I strongly suspect there will be several House and Senate Democrats who will file bills to ensure our laws reflect a changing society.
“And then we shall see what our governor and his supermajorities will do. They won’t have the excuse of waiting on the courts to act. The highest court in the land just did.
“Will they do what’s right? Or will they continue to equivocate and deny votes on the issue? If they do, the explanations that they are simply following procedural rules will ring hollow.
“The Supreme Court justices who voted to get rid of these bans deserve our thanks.
“For those in the LGBT community, it must have seemed that this day would never come. But it has, and our world is better for it.”