SCOTUS marriage equality judgment builds ‘global momentum’ towards equality says ICCL

ICCL Press Release

For immediate release

Friday 26 June 2015

Ireland’s independent human rights watchdog the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), has today (Friday 26 June 2015)  welcomed the clear ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States that same-sex couples throughout the United States have the right to marry.

The equality campaigning organisation, which together with GLEN and Marriage Equality led the successful 2015 Yes Equality Campaign in Ireland, was reacting to today’s judgment in which the Court determined that the right to marriage equality falls under the equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution.

ICCL Executive Director and Dublin Pride 2015 Grand Marshall Mark Kelly said:

“This US Supreme Court decision confirms the international trend towards embedding in law the right to marry of lesbian and gay people. Following the ground breaking decision of the Irish people to give constitutional protection to this right in Ireland, this US judgment is further evidence of the unstoppable global momentum towards equality”.

“The Court could not have been clearer than when it said:

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family.   In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.  As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death.  It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage.  Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves.  Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions.  They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law.  The Constitution grants them that right.” (p33 of judgment)”

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