LANCASTER –A rally will be held in Lancaster today (June 26) to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.
Presented by the OUTreach Center, the celebration rally starts at 5 p.m. Friday, June 26, at Avenue K and 15th Street West.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote on Friday that states cannot ban same-sex marriage. [Read the court’s opinion here.]
In a statement issued Friday by OUTreach Board of Directors President Sue Dell, the local organization hailed the landmark opinion.
“The OUTreach Center is deeply gratified that the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the fundamental right to marry as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgender persons are finally labelled as living within the Law of the Land, which gives this population a whole new take on patriotism in time for the upcoming Independence Day celebrations. There is just something special about finally being included, and about being told that equality was a birthright all along.
The decision is announced on what has apparently become the day of reckoning for gay rights. Lawrence v. Texas, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, was announced on 6/26/03, outlawing sodomy laws as unconstitutional. US v. Windsor, also drafted by Justice Kennedy, overruled many sections of the Defense of Marriage Act as discriminatory on 6/26/13. And today, Obergefell v. Hodges conveys upon all adults the right to marry.
Justice Kennedy, writing for the majority, has recognized the depth of respect LGBTs hold for marriage, “for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family.” The OUTreach Center congratulates this Community for its victory over bigotry and for the national grant of dignity.”
The OUTreach Center serves the interests of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people, their friends, and families living in the Antelope Valley. For more information, visit http://www.outreachcenterav.org/.