Cheers to Pennsylvania!

Congratulations to Pennsylvania! The federal government struck down the Pennsylvania’s ban on marriage equality on May 20th, declaring:

“We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history.”

Following this decision, Gov. Tom Corbett stated that the state would not appeal the ruling.

Image from the Human Rights Campaign

Image from the Human Rights Campaign

What does this mean? It means as of today:

  •  29 states have either enacted marriage equality through legislation or the ballot, or had their state marriage bans struck down as unconstitutional.
  •   Same-sex couples can legally marry in nineteen states and the District of Columbia
  •   31 states have a law or constitutional amendment restricting marriage to the union of one man and one woman.
  •  There are at least 70 court cases challenging discriminatory marriage bans across the country
  •  44 percent of Americans live in a marriage equality state

And the numbers are in our favor.  A Washington Post-ABC News poll, showed that 59% of Americans support marriage equality, and Pew’s poll found that 61% of Republicans and Republican leaners under 30 favor marriage equality[1].

Image from the Human Rights Campaign

Image from the Human Rights Campaign

What can you do?

  • Learn about the fight for marriage equality in your state.
  • Money talks. Buy from businesses that support LGBT workplace equality.
  • Write to your elected officials.

 

So celebrate PA’s victory and get working on getting the remaining 31 states! Cheers Pennsylvanians!

 


[1] http://www.americansformarriageequality.org/polling

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