Friday, June 26, 2015

High Court Brings Marriage Equality Nationwide

NCTE Issues FAQ on What Ruling Means for Trans People

Today, the United State Supreme Court issued their ruling brining the freedom to marry nationwide. After a decades-long fight, the court ruled that gender cannot be used to limit the legal recognition of relationships. 

In response to this development, National Center for Transgender Equaltiy Executive Director Mara Keisling said: 

"The U.S. Supreme Court has finally ruled that gender can no longer be used to prevent couples from marrying bringing immeasurable stability to families with transgender spouses. The National Center for Transgender Equality welcomes this ruling and acknowledges that our path to equality cannot stop here. The LGBT movement must continue our work toward the legal recognition of all kinds of families while recommitting ourselves to racial, social, and economic justice for all Americans. From securing explicit employment non-discrimination protections, to ending the unsafe detention of undocumented trans immigrants, to advancing trans-affirming policies at all levels of government, our work ahead is clearer and more achievable than ever."

Given the ruling, transgender people may have a lot of questions about what it might mean for their relationship. To help clarify any confusion, NCTE and Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders have issued a fact sheet outling answers to common questions. The fact sheet, "Marriage Equality and Transgender People," states that the Supreme Court has struck down all remaining laws limiting the right to marry based on gender. As such, in every state and territory of the United States, couples should soon be able to marry whether they are the same or different genders, and have their marriages recognized throughout the country. 

View the fact sheet here.



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