Exactly 46 years ago, on June 26, 1969, a group of LGBT people marched for the first time in the streets of New York.
Today, on June 26, 2015, this is also a special day because the U.S. Supreme Court has just approved by a 5-4 vote the federal equal marriage, thus ending a huge legal battle that we have continued to lead across the country over the past decades.
«No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than they once were,» wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy, who delivered the opinion for the court. «[The challengers] ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.»
This historic decision allows the 50 states, there were only 37 until today, to legalize equal marriage.
President Obama welcomed the decision. Progress comes «sometimes two steps forward, one step back propelled by the persistent effort of dedicated citizens,» he said. «But then sometimes there are days like this when that slow steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt.»
Note, as the presidential elections will be held next year, that the candidates Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio said this legalization was a bad decision.
Nevertheless, today we pause to celebrate this victory, but of course tomorrow we will be back in battle. The equal divorce, which began to be granted in some states, is not yet a full right to us. Discrimination is still present and we are not always protected. I speak about, of course, both of us, lesbians and bisexual women, but I also speak about trans* people, from the beginning, we also follow the legal progress for them and there is still much to do.
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