Today at SAVE Dade we are ecstatic that the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act that before today denied thousands of legally married same-sex couples certain federal benefits and privileges granted only to married heterosexual couples. We applaud the Justices for ruling on the side of equality and we look forward to a brighter future for LGBT couples in the United States. Today was a great win for American democracy and the time-honored American tradition of equal treatment under the law.
We are also overjoyed that we can add California as the 13th state in the union to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Supreme Court also chose to rule on the side of equality in the Prop 8 case and we applaud the justices for that decision as well.
Overall, today is a tremendous victory for our movement, but it is not the finish line, especially in the state of Florida and Miami-Dade County where gay and transgender people can still be fired from their jobs. That's why we're committed in Miami-Dade county to passing a trans-inclusive Human Rights Ordinance that would guarantee employment and housing protections to the local trans community. Join us today at the LGBT Visitor Center on Washington Avenue and 11th Street on Miami Beach at 6PM as we celebrate today's incredible victories and plan for the continuing action in the days and weeks ahead.