• Press Release

EMILYs List Celebrates the Anniversary of Obergefell v. Hodges

June 26, 2023


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today marks the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. The court affirmed that same-sex couples were entitled to the same fundamental freedom as opposite-sex couples, recognizing the right to marry as protected by the 14th amendment. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement in celebration of the anniversary:

Obergefell v. Hodges recognized a simple truth: that everyone deserves to marry who they love. The LGBTQ+ community’s fight for legal recognition should be honored, not only for the joyous celebrations that broke out around the country, but for the power of the legal protections finally afforded to them.”

“Unfortunately, with the fall of Roe v. Wade, and Republican politicians and judges promising to reverse every advancement in equality, the work persists. EMILYs List remains committed to protecting our fundamental freedoms by helping to elect Democratic, pro-choice women that will stand with all people in the fight for our freedoms. We refuse to go back.”

EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILYs List has raised $850 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure operations for Democrats, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country’s first woman as vice president, 175 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 20 governors, and over 1,500 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.