Tuesday marks the 3rd anniversary of 'Obergefell v. Hodges'. The 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision about same sex marriage and deciding that it is a constitutional right 'under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment'. Under this, states are constitutionally bound to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.
It was a monumental day and one seen as a major step forward for America.
But just how far does America have left to go in the effort to make life for its LGBTQ citizens equal?
A recent report, A Workplace Divided: Understanding the Climate for LGBTQ Workers Nationwide, stated ‘46 percent of LGBT employees are not open about their sexuality at work for fear of being stereotyped, making people feel uncomfortable or losing connections with coworkers.’
That number has only moved a fraction since 2008 when it was 51 percent.
A recent Supreme Court decision also ruled a business can decide if it chooses to serve LGBTQ customers or not.
So as much as America can claim it is progressing – is it?
The gay marriage decision was a significant milestone for America – but was it meaningful?
There are a lot of questions and that’s where the experts from Michigan State University can help.
Professor Mae Kuykendall is an expert in the relationship between legal definitions of marriage and the common usage of the word. She is available to speak with media regarding the 3rd anniversary of 'Obergefell v. Hodges' – simply click on her icon to arrange an interview.
Mae Kuykendall Professor of Law
Professor Kuykendall has a scholarly interest in the relationship between legal definitions of marriage and the common usage of the word.