STATEMENT: CAP President Neera Tanden on SCOTUS Decision to Strike Down Same-Sex Marriage Bans Nationwide

Washington, D.C. — Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden issued the following statement after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of marriage equality for same-sex couples, a move that overturns state bans on same-sex marriage nationwide.

This is an historic day. The Court’s decision reflects decades of tireless work by advocates and the quiet courage of everyday gay, lesbian, and bisexual Americans who have loved openly and proudly. This is a moment for celebration for the same-sex couples and their families whose commitment and love will now be honored by their communities, states, and nation. The love they have shown has made us a stronger, more perfect union and our country’s progress on marriage equality gives us hope and resolve to finish the work at hand to ensure that all Americans, including our LGBT brothers and sisters, are afforded equal dignity and rights under the law in all areas of life.

Unfortunately, as we celebrate this decision, we are reminded that a couple can be married on Sunday and then be fired from their job or denied a loan on Monday. Congress and the remaining 31 states that do not have clear protections from discrimination for LGBT Americans must now modernize the nation’s nondiscrimination laws by providing LGBT people with the same protections from discrimination afforded to other Americans.

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