Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, marks the eighth anniversary of Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark Supreme Court case that granted same-sex couples the right to marry across the United States. Since the decision, public support for LGBTQ+ people has grown significantly, with nearly 80% of Americans favoring nondiscrimination laws that would protect LGBTQ+ people from discrimination in employment, public accommodations, and housing — an 11% increase since 2015. Additionally, public polling has shown a historic increase in support for marriage equality, reaching an all-time high of 71% in 2022 according to Gallup. Marking this trend is the reintroduction of the Equality Act, which would end a patchwork of state and local laws by protecting LGBTQ+ people from discrimination nationwide and was reintroduced in Congress on Wednesday, June 21, 2023.
June 26 is also the tenth anniversary of the historic United States v. Windsor decision, in which the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, and the 20th anniversary of Lawrence v. Texas, which struck down a Texas law criminalizing same-sex sexual intimacy and invalidated sodomy laws in 13 other states. These cases laid the groundwork, and built upon one another, in order to further equal rights for LGBTQ+ people.
On June 6, 2023, the Human Rights Campaign declared a National State of Emergency for LGBTQ+ people in the United States, due to the escalating state of crisis for the LGBTQ+ community. So far, over 540 anti-LGBTQ+ bills have been introduced in state legislatures this year, over 220 of those bills specifically target transgender and non-binary people, and more than 75 of those bill have become anti-LGBTQ laws. HRC also released a guidebook for LGBTQ+ Americans choosing to visit or remain in dangerous states, as well as information on how to fight back against harmful bills. The full guidebook can be found here.
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