In a day and age when racial equality is still a hot button issue, I don’t think any of us truly believe that we can just sit back and relax and say, “Well done!” if the Supreme Court Rules in our favor. As long as the Ultra Conservative Right has the loudest voice in this country, we will never be done.
Tremendous strides have been made over the last decade when it comes to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights. Same-sex couples can now marry in 37 states; a landmark federal case in California ordered the state to pay for a transgender inmate’s gender reassignment surgery; and President Obama issued an executive order barring companies that contract with the federal government from discriminating against LGBT workers.
So, Why Should You Care? Before the week is over, the Supreme Court will issue its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the lawsuit that will determine whether same-sex couples have a fundamental federal right to marriage. As we await what many predict will be a win for same-sex marriage advocates, it’s worth considering the work that remains ahead in achieving equality for LGBT Americans. While a positive ruling for same-sex marriage would be a huge step forward, it’s important to look past the altar at the other ways LGBT people still endure disparate treatment