From Brad Clark, Executive Director of One Colorado:
This morning was one for the books – the history books, that is.
In an important step forward for loving, married same-sex couples and
their families, today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the so-called
Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional -- affirming that all
loving, committed couples who marry deserve equal legal respect and
treatment. The Court also dismissed the Proposition 8 case on lack of
standing, restoring the freedom to marry in California. For thousands of married same-sex couples, these decisions mean that they can protect each other and their families.
even as we recognize the progress made today, many questions remain for
LGBT Coloradans and their families about what these rulings mean – and
that’s why we are hosting a webinar tonight at 6:30 p.m. MT to discuss
what happens next here in Colorado.
During this statewide discussion, we’ll have representatives from
Freedom to Marry and the National Center for Lesbian Rights on hand to
explain the Court’s decisions and their impact on Colorado – and to
answer any other questions you may have.
Tonight’s webinar will also feature an update from One Colorado on where
we go from here – as we begin an important conversation within our
community about the pathway to marriage here in Colorado.
you’ve expressed early interest on our webinar event page or this is
the first time you’re learning about it, we want you to be a part of
this evening’s discussion. Click here to register, and you’ll receive an
email with instructions for dialing in at 6:30 p.m. tonight.
While so many of us are still processing this morning’s news and
following the latest updates, we know one fact does remain clear:
without the freedom to marry here in Colorado, gay and lesbian couples
in a civil union still lack the full security and protections they need –
critical federal protections like Social Security and military benefits
to take care of their families.
But there’s something else we know – something that gives us incredible
hope today. We know that in every corner of this state, Coloradans have
shown they are ready for a conversation about why marriage matters to
all couples – straight and gay alike. And in the coming weeks and
months, we must come together as a community to ensure that conversation
is carried out.
Tonight, we take a big step in that direction: laying out not only
what today means, but the pathway forward to marriage in the days
ahead. You won’t want to miss it – sign up here.