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Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Marriage Equality
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The crowd celebrates outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday June 26, 2015, after the court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the US. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

America can finally celebrate today’s historic SCOTUS 5-4 decision on marriage. No longer marriage equality, marriage. Today’s announcement comes on the 2 year anniversary of Windsor decision knocking down the Defense of Marriage Act and the 48 year decision of Loving v Virginia that made it legal for people of different races to marry. Justice Kennedy’s closing remarks says it all.

“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 become something greater than they once 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 civilizations oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

Inland Northwest Business Alliance and our business members are proud to have signed on to the Obergefell Amici Brief that brought this decision of equality today. As we celebrate this milestone victory, the LGBT community must recognize that there is still a long road ahead. There are still 32 states where you can be fired for being LGBT, and INBA continues to support all who fight for equality and understanding.

But today, we can all celebrate being American.

Marvo Reguindin
General Manager
Inland Northwest Business Alliance
June 26, 2015


Special thanks to the businesses, members, and organizations that signed on to the Amicii Briefing in Obergefell v. Hodges, this is the difference you’ve made.

Specifically:

  • Event Rents
  • Ralph’s Regal Weddings
  • SpectraLaw PS
  • Thinking Cap Communications & Design
  • Hilton Corporate
  • Comcast Corporation
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Marriot International
  • Portland Area Business Association
  • Greater Seattle Business Association

From Morgan Lewis Attorneys:

Friends –

I want to congratulate you and the hundreds of other business who made their support for marriage equality heard at the Supreme Court.  I was in the courtroom yesterday morning when the Obergefell v. Hodges decision was announced, and it was remarkable to watch this important change for our county unfold right there in the room.

Before the Court convened, I spoke with Mary Bonauto, the attorney who argued the case on behalf of the couples.  Mary wanted me to pass on to you just how significant the voices of American businesses have been on this issue. The business case for marriage equality is an important one, and it is clear the voice of the business community has made a difference.

 As more than 100 amici make clear in their filings, many of the central institutions in American life—state and local governments, the military, large and small businesses, labor unions, religious organizations, law enforcement, civic groups, professional organizations, and universities— have devoted substantial attention to the question. This has led to an enhanced understanding of the issue—an understanding reflected in the arguments now presented for resolution as a matter of constitutional law.

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