It’s a joyous day to be living in America today. To be part of a historical moment when the highest court of the nation affirms a fundamental civil right; that all people who choose to marry, regardless of gender or sexual orientation can do so with the full protection of the law. This is a momentous win for freedom, equality, inclusion, and above all, love. We can celebrate that our nation has made a monumental step to honor its promise that all people have the right to the pursuit of happiness, liberty and justice for all.
Today, our highest court affirmed what we already knew to be true: that love, commitment and responsibility in marriage between two people is universal and no state law should abridge this fundamental right of two people to marry. Marriage is a life-long commitment to take care of each other in good times and bad, for better or worse.
Today, I am hopeful. I am hopeful that we will continue to make progress on LGBT equality, not only across the country, but here in Idaho as well. While we have not achieved adding the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the Idaho Human Rights Act, the time is coming.
No longer should we tolerate any person being fired, denied housing or public services, simply because they are gay or transgender. It is undeniably wrong that hardworking LGBT community members in many parts of the state of Idaho live in fear that they can be wrongly fired from their jobs, evicted from their homes, and denied service in restaurants and shops simply for being who they are.
Today, I am hopeful however. I am hopeful that we will continue to make progress on LGBT equality. History is on our side and our commitment at the ACLU of Idaho remains strong.
- Leo Morales, Acting Executive Director, ACLU of Idaho