Pelosi: ‘Love and Commitment of Countless LGBTQ Couples and Families…Honors our Nation’s Most Fundamental Values’

By CNSNews.com Staff | June 26, 2020 | 10:57am EDT
(Photo by Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
(Photo by Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement on Friday marking the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell vs. Hodges, which declared same-sex marriage a constitutional right.

“Five years ago, our nation made a historic step toward fulfilling the promise of equality and justice for all when the Supreme Court unequivocally declared that marriage is right of all people, regardless of who you are or whom you love,” Pelosi said. 

“Today, the love and commitment of countless LGBTQ couples and families enriches and strengthens our communities and honors our nation’s most fundamental values,” she said.

Pelosi also used the occasion to call for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.-Ky.) to bring up the Equality Act for a vote in the Senate.  The bill passed the House last year by a vote of 236 to 173.

The Equality Act, says an official summary, “prohibits discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in a wide variety of areas including public accommodations and facilities, education, federal funding, employment, housing, credit, and the jury system. Specifically, the bill defines and includes sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation.”

“The bill prohibits an individual from being denied access to a shared facility, including a restroom, a locker room, and a dressing room, that is in accordance with the individual's gender identity,” says the summary.

Here is the full text of Pelosi’s statement marking the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage:

Nancy Pelosi: “Five years ago, our nation made a historic step toward fulfilling the promise of equality and justice for all when the Supreme Court unequivocally declared that marriage is right of all people, regardless of who you are or whom you love.  Today, the love and commitment of countless LGBTQ couples and families enriches and strengthens our communities and honors our nation’s most fundamental values.

“As we mark this momentous anniversary, we also celebrate the recent Supreme Court victory, affirming the right of all LGBTQ individuals to live free from discrimination in the workplace.  Despite this great progress, the LGBTQ community still endures a relentless assault on their rights from the Trump Administration and widespread discrimination and violence throughout the country, particularly trans women of color who are face disproportionately high rates of homelessness, sexual assault, HIV and murder.  That is why, over a year ago, House Democrats took bold action to pass the landmark Equality Act to finally and fully end discrimination against the LGBTQ community, not just in the workplace but in every place. Now, Leader Mitch McConnell must abandon his outrageous, partisan obstruction and allow the Senate to vote on this critical legislation.  

“In honor of this important day, we must remain vigilant in defense of the rights and dignity of the LGBTQ community. Together, we can confront the discrimination that continues to undermine our democracy as we work to build a brighter, more just and equal future for the LGBTQ community and all Americans.”

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