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Below are some of their answers:
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community leader that should be or wants to be a part of this list.
When I became Mayor, same sex marriage was legal in only 2 states.
Today it's our Constitutional right throughout the entire country!
Obergefell vs. Hodges is permanently enshrined as part of our heritage.
We should be proud of our community’s leadership role not only for
Wilton Manors, but also nationally by convincing the National League
of Cities to file Amicus briefs in the Supreme Court supporting marriage
equality on behalf of all US Cities, and being one of the first to join “Mayors
for the Freedom to Marry” and urging Mayors throughout the US to join.
This decision will change the lives of all LGBT people. No longer will
we, or future generations, be afraid to be open about whom we love or, to
quote Justice Kennedy, “be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from
one of civilization’s oldest institutions.” The Constitution says we have the
right to love whoever we want!"
— Gary Resnick, Mayor of Wilton Manors and
Shareholder of GrayRobinson, PA law firm
I know it seems like we have been working so long for LGBTQ Equality;
it would be so easy to take a break and enjoy our stunning win at the
Supreme Court, but this is just the first step. After we finish celebrating our
big win at the Supreme Court, we need to roll up our sleeves and get back
to the work of Equality. There is so much still to be done, next we need
to be vigilant in fighting the so called, "Religious freedom” laws popping
up around the Country and adding protections for sexual orientation and
gender identity in Federal legislation on Employment, Housing and Public
— Lee Rubin, Blogger and Community Organizer
Once the celebrations are over and the parades are swept up, I look
forward to the leadership from within the national LGBT community
working together to contemplate “what’s next?” Transgender rights,
adoption issues and workplace protections will probably begin to take
more notice – as they should. But I wonder if the current infrastructure
that we created to address marriage equality is necessary at the size and
scale (and price) that it currently exists? Changing hearts and minds is the
next order of business – and making sure that young people are learning
messages of equality and inclusion seems the best way of doing that. I
hope that our resources of are directed appropriately going forward."
— David Jobin, executive director of The Stonewall
National Museum & Archives
It is our duty now, more than ever, to do everything we can to make
sure the few civil rights victories we have earned during the past few
years are not taken away from us. Get involved in your community, get out
and vote, help your neighbors in need, get your friends involved. If we all
work together and take control of our future, will we finally achieve full
equal rights in the courts of law and the courts of public opinion."
— Anthony Timiraos, CEO/President, OUR Fund
While the community may rightfully rejoice today in this wonderful
victory for equality, we must be ever vigilant about the 2016
presidential election as the winner will likely have the power to appoint
several members of the Supreme Court and could recast the narrow 5-4
— Neil D. Kolner, President, Gay & Lesbian Lawyers Network
This ruling is the acknowledgement that our families matter to our
communities. The Love was always there. The respect and dignity
is what was delivered. We couldn’t do it for previous generations, but
hopefully the next generation won’t have to suffer the way we did! The
important thing to remember is that the fight is not over. Complacency
is the enemy of progress. We must fight for employment and housing
protections. I hope the LGBT community continues to put efforts toward
the women who have been their allies and friends so we can protect
women’s healthcare access!"
— Meredith L Ockman, community activist
and a director of NOW
My lesbian mother and I had a heated, ongoing debate about the
wisdom of taking marriage equality to SCOTUS. I maintained no,
have you seen this Court? – the result would be a 5-4 decision establishing
the new “separate but equal” (a lesbian-gay Plessy v Ferguson ruling). She
insisted they would do the right thing. She has since passed, and I have
never been so happy to lose an argument to Mom. As “having the last
word” goes, this is a doozy. "
— Toni Armstrong, Founder/Director of BLAST Women of WPB
Marriage Equality is an extraordinary achievement, but not the end
of our civil rights struggle. We need nationwide protections against
discrimination in the workplace and in housing. Corporations will again
be our champions."
— Brian McNaught, noted columnist,
author and LGBT activist
I'm proud knowing my husband will be mine in all fifty states.
Regardless there's more work to do. Fairness in housing, jobs, etc are
still a challenge."
— R . J . Hadley, community activist,
Pride Center Health Educator
What are your thoughts
on the SCOTUS decision?
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