Jun 26 2015

Highest Court Legalizes Marriage On Eve of Stonewall Riots Anniversary

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GUEST: Dorothee Benz, Communications Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

It’s official – marriage is legal! The US Supreme Court this morning ruled 5-4 that under the United States constitution, same-sex marriage is a national right. Justice Anthony Kennedy, breaking the deadlock, sided with his liberal colleagues and wrote the majority opinion. Last year the court had issued a mixed ruling on several cases, and essentially avoided making a definitive ruling.

It is fitting that the court’s decision comes just before the 46th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. On June 28, 1969, New York police raided a popular gay bar in Greenwich Village called the Stonewall Inn. That raid and the resistance to it, sparked a major movement that is considered the birthplace of the modern American gay rights movement.

On Tuesday of this week, just days ahead of the 46th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the City of New York declared Stonewall Inn, an official landmark. It is the first time that the city has dedicated a monument to LGBT rights. Letitia James, a public advocate with the city said that the Stonewall Inn “must be protected against rapacious developers who would destroy the history of this sacred place and all it represents.”

Find out more at ccrjustice.org.

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