Philadelphia, June 26, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter released the following statement regarding the United States Supreme Court’s decision that it is legal for all Americans, no matter their gender or sexual orientation, to marry in all 50 states:
“I commend the Supreme Court for rendering today’s decision in favor of marriage equality. As Justice Kennedy noted, same sex couples have a fundamental right to participate in one of civilization’s oldest institutions. At the same time, the majority of Americans have voiced unequivocal support for same sex marriage. As with all of our Nation’s laws, today’s ruling has shown that the Constitution truly is a living, evolving document. Earlier today, President Obama said, ‘we can say in no uncertain terms that we have made our union a little more perfect’.
As Mayor of the City of Philadelphia, a city founded on the principles of religious tolerance and the birthplace of freedom and democracy, I am proud that during this year’s Fourth of July celebration, we will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first LGBT demonstration in America which happened right here in our great city. This display, and the subsequent yearly protests on Independence Mall, became known as ‘Annual Reminders’ – meant to remind Americans that a substantial number of their fellow citizens were being denied basic rights. Today’s decision by the Supreme Court underscores the work in which the City of Philadelphia has been engaged for decades: assuring equal access and protection for the LGBT community. While our work is not yet done because barriers to equality still exist, this is a huge leap forward for LGBT rights and our entire Nation.”