A historic decision issued by the U.S. Supreme Court this morning finds that the Constitution guarantees the right to same-sex marriage nationwide. The 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges grants all couples the equality under the law that they rightfully deserve.
The NEA, CEA, and the other 21 NEA state-level affiliates were part of a broad-based labor coalition with the AFL-CIO and Change to Win supporting marriage equality. The coalition filed an amicus brief arguing that state discrimination against same-sex couples deprives such couples of an array of economic benefits and legal rights, and deprives them and their children of fundamental dignity and rights that other couples and their families enjoy.
This ruling increases stability and economic security for families across the country. It means that Connecticut couples cannot lose their marriage rights when they travel to another state and that same-sex couples and their families in all states will now be on an equal footing with other families.