Miami’s Senator Bill Nelson recently cosponsored a resolution to make June 26, 2017 “LGBT Equality Day.” The resolution says that the United States believes that everyone should be treated equally, and states that the current Congress supports “the rights and freedoms of individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.”
The reasoning for selecting June 26, according to the bill, involves several historic Supreme Court decisions made on that day.
In 2003, the Supreme Court ruled in Lawrence v. Texas that states could not criminalize LGBTQ+ relationships or sexual acts. In 2015, they ruled in United States v. Windsor that restricting access to federal benefits by LGBTQ+ couples was unconstitutional.
Finally, in 2015, the Supreme Court made the landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that LGBTQ+ couples have a right to marry in every state.
The bill also recognizes that “transgender people and LGBT people of color are disproportionately and uniquely burdened by such barriers, including violence, discrimination, poverty, and societal isolation.”
It concludes by commemorating the struggle the LGBTQ+ community has faced to secure equal rights, and by affirming the need for further legislation to protect LGBTQ+ people.
You can read the resolution for yourself here.
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