OLYMPIA – Today the United States Supreme Court issued its much-awaited ruling on marriage equality across the country.
In a landmark decision that will finally secure marriage rights for all couples, the Court ruled state bans on same-sex marriages across the country unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment, effectively granting couples in all 50 states the right to marry.
Washington voters approved marriage equality in 2012.
In response, Sen. Jamie Pedersen issued following statement:
“Because of today’s decision, the relationships of couples and families all across our country will now be legally protected and respected. I am proud of the role that Washington’s legislature and voters played in the rapid and dramatic progress that our country has made toward the promise of equality for all. I’m grateful for the bipartisan support that allowed our Legislature to become the first in the country to repeal a state instituted Defense of Marriage Act.””
In recognition of today’s decision, the Tacoma and Seattle communities are hosting events and discussions on marriage equality.
Rainbow Center and Oasis at 5:00 p.m.
March to Union Station Federal Court House
2215 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402
United States District Court at 5:00 p.m.
700 Stewart St, Seattle, WA 98101