I am overjoyed at today's Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. As I've said many times over the last several years, marriage equality had the stamp of inevitability on it -- it is not a matter or "if," but "when." Today, we know the answer: Marriage equality is here.
This is an enormous victory for the LGBT community, and for all of us who believe that everyone deserves to be treated equally under the law. Whether loving same-sex couples live in Illinois or anywhere else in the nation, they will now be able to join in marriage. As a founding member of the LGBT Equality Caucus, I have been on this side of the fight for equal rights all along. I want to congratulate all of my friends and colleagues who have worked so hard to make this a reality -- whether pushing for changes to federal law, challenging unfair policies, marching in the streets or talking to their families and friends about the need for equality.
This is truly a day to celebrate how far our country has come and I am positive that there will be more victories to come. We will enact the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to stop discrimination in the workplace and Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) to end discrimination in our schools. Today's decision shows how far our country and we will keep marching on until we establish equal rights for all.
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