WATCH: President calls the freedom to marry a “civil right” in State of the Union
January 20, 2015
Today, January 20, in his State of the Union address, President Obama underscored the Obama administration's commitment to helping to bring the freedom to marry to all couples nationwide in his sixth annual State of the Union address. He called the freedom to marry for same-sex couples a "civil right" and championed marriage for all nationwide.
President Obama said:
I’ve seen something like gay marriage go from a wedge issue used to drive us apart to a story of freedom across our country - a civil right now legal in states that seven in ten Americans call home.
Freedom to Marry founder and president Evan Wolfson commented on the President's inclusion of the freedom to marry in his State of the Union address. He said:
Once again, President Obama showed his commitment to the civil rights movement that has led to the freedom to marry now in 37 states representing 70% of the American people. President Obama's leadership in helping bring the freedom to marry to all Americans will be a shining part of this president's legacy, and now it is time for the Supreme Court to put the country on the right side of history by ending marriage discrimination throughout the United States, leaving no family and no state behind.
This statement came directly after the United States Supreme Court announced last week that they would be hearing cases involving the freedom to marry in 2015. The Supreme Court has granted review of an out-of-step ruling from the 6th Circuit, which overturned pro-marriage rulings in Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan.
After the United States Supreme Court announced last week that it be taking up the issue of marriage, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Obama administration would be filing a brief urging the Court to rule on the right side of history.