July 2, 2013 | by Steve Charing
Praise for court’s marriage rulings
Gay News, Washington Blade, Carrie Evans, Gay Maryland

‘Today the married lives of same-sex couples in Maryland were made whole,’ said Carrie Evans, executive director of Equality Maryland, in reference to two U.S. Supreme Court rulings on marriage rights. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

While many in the LGBT community celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court striking down DOMA and effectively nullifying Proposition 8, advocates also condemned the Court’s decision on a key provision of the Voting Rights Act the previous day.

Carrie Evans, executive director of Equality Maryland, praised the court’s pro-gay rulings telling the Blade, “Today the married lives of same-sex couples in Maryland were made whole. We can now access the more than 1,000 protections the federal government provides to married couples. And with the ruling in the Perry case, marriage equality returns to California bringing us to 13 states and the District of Columbia (more than 93 million Americans) that have marriage equality. We will continue our quest in the remaining 37 states until all loving and committed couples in the U.S. have access to marriage equality.”

But she added, “Although today may be a good one for the LGBT community, we must remember the court rendered decisions that have made it more difficult for other groups, such as African Americans, Latinos, the First Nations and women to exercise their rights and freedoms. Equality Maryland remains committed to working with our allies to ensure these injustices are rectified.”

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