June 26, 2015

ACS President Caroline Fredrickson on Supreme Court Ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges

Paul Guequierre


Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges, the consolidated marriage equality cases. The cases posed two questions: Are states constitutionally mandated to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and are states required to recognize marriages of gay and lesbian couples legally entered into in another state? Today’s ruling answered both questions in the affirmative, making marriage equality the law of the land in the United States. ACS President Caroline Fredrickson issued the following statement:

“Today the Supreme Court made clear once and for all that gays and lesbians are not second class citizens and that our law recognizes their loving and committed relationships as equal to all others. This case epitomized what our Constitution is designed to do – protect the basic human dignity afforded to us all. Although the fight for full LGBT equality is far from over, today’s high court action is a significant step toward recognizing the Constitution’s promise of equality under the law for all people.”

Join ACS for a press call on Obergefell v. Hodges at 1:00 pm ET.

Featured speaker: Camilla Taylor of Lambda Legal, which represented one of the plaintiffs in the consolidated cases of Obergefell v. Hodges.

Call-in number: 1-888-684-1265, conference ID: 5101069

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS), founded in 2001 and one of the nation's leading progressive legal organizations, is a rapidly growing network of lawyers, law students, scholars, judges, policymakers and other concerned individuals dedicated to making the law a force to improve lives of all people. For more information about the organization or to locate one of the more than 200 lawyer and law student chapters in 48 states, please visit www.acslaw.org.