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EMILYs List Recognizes the Anniversary of Obergefell v. Hodges

June 26, 2024


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today marks the 9th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges. The decision recognized the fundamental right to marriage is guaranteed for same-sex couples under the 14th Amendment. EMILYs List President Jessica Mackler released the following statement in recognition of the anniversary:

“EMILYs List is proud to recognize and celebrate the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case which finally legalized marriage for same-sex couples. On this day in 2015 —– the long fight for true equity for all experienced a seismic shift. The decision in Obergefell v. Hodges corrected a long standing injustice, recognizing that Americans should be free to marry the person they love, regardless of their gender identity. It allowed partners who have been together for decades to gain access to the same rights and protections their peers have taken for granted. 

“But even as we celebrate this decision, Republicans remain committed to rolling back fundamental freedoms, and they will not stop at reproductive health care. The fight for reproductive justice and equality for the LGTBQ+ is irrevocably intertwined. EMILYs List remains committed to electing Democratic pro-choice women who understand the fight for fundamental freedoms and will fight efforts to overturn landmark decisions and undermine our rights.”

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.