Six weeks ago today HRC delivered its historic “People’s Brief” calling for full nationwide marriage equality to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The 207,551 signatories on the People’s Brief are the most on any amicus brief ever submitted to the Supreme Court (SCOTUS). In case you need a visual of what 207,551 looks like, if it were miles we could circle the globe eight times, among many other things.
After four days of round-the-clock printing in order to complete the 50 copies required by the Court, we delivered 19 boxes compiled of approximately 175,000 pages on Friday, March 6. HRC was joined in The People’s Brief delivery by longtime member Jim Obergefell, the named plaintiff in Obergefell v. Hodges, the consolidated marriage equality cases set to be heard later this month.
“This is an incredible day,” Obergefell said on the day of the delivery. “More than 200,000 of my fellow American citizens have signed The People’s Brief so that my marriage and many others can be recognized. While it’s bittersweet that John is not able to be here with me, I am so proud of the hundreds of thousands of people who have signed this brief so that every single person has the right to marry the person they love.”
While six weeks doesn’t seem too long ago, today marks just 11 days out from Tuesday, April 28, when SCOTUS will hear oral arguments as they prepare to decide whether the U.S. Constitution allows for states to discriminate against same-sex couples by denying them the right to marry or refusing to recognize their marriages performed in jurisdictions where they are legal.
After the historic Supreme Court cases in 2013 (United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry) struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and brought marriage equality back to California, the current case before SCOTUS has the potential to allow for nationwide marriage equality.
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