Out Boulder Celebrates Ruling on Marriage Equality
BOULDER, CO. – On this historic date of June 26th the United States Supreme Court with a 5-4 decision in the Obergefell v. Hodges case ruled that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right that cannot be denied by any government in this country.
Generations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied individuals and organizations have brought us to this historic day. Today was made possible by those who found the courage to stand in the face of all of the anger, misunderstanding, and hate. In 1975 in Boulder County Clela Rorex issued the first same-sex marriage licenses in the United States. In 2014 Hillary Hall enacted the 10th Circuit Court's historic ruling in the Kitchen v. Herbert case finding that “those who wish to marry a person of the same sex are entitled to exercise the same fundamental right as is recognized for persons who wish to marry a person of the opposite sex." Boulder County has led the way.
Today and in the many days to come we welcome the shift in American policy as it relates to same-sex marriage but it cannot go without saying that we have been in loving and committed relationships since the dawn of time, and the fact that the United States government is now recognizing the legality of same-sex relationships does not say anything about the relationships we have previously formed or the validity of those relationships nor make reparations to those who were denied the basic rights of being with their dying partner in a hospital or who live in poverty because their partner passed and they were not afforded the rights others were granted with respect to social security.
Yes, this is a victory for our future, because we all deserve to live in a world that challenges us to be our best selves, that loves us for the many ways that we enrich the planet that makes good on the promise that we can all become exactly who we are meant to be.
Today we celebrate this historic ruling. At 10am at the County Clerk’s Office on Walnut, Clela Rorex and Hillary Hall will join with couples who are updating their marriage licenses and at 5pm we will gather in front of the County Building on Pearl between 13th and 14th for remarks and then move the big celebration to the Pridehouse at 2132 14th St., Boulder, CO.
About Out Boulder:
Out Boulder educates, advocates and provides services for and on behalf of Boulder County’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer communities. As a local grassroots organization, Out Boulder is called on every day for help, information, services, or to comment on issues that directly impact the lives of our community. For more information, visitwww.outboulder.org.