June 26, 2015
Statement Regarding U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage
Following today's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court holding that the Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage, the 13,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association issued the following statement:
The Philadelphia Bar Association has had longstanding support in favor of marriage equality. Most recently, in January 2014, its Board of Governors unanimously adopted a resolution supporting marriage equality in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As noted in the resolution, "denying same-sex couples the ability to marry under civil law deprives individuals of equal protection and equal rights under the law…and such deprivations contravene the constitutions of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States of America."
The Philadelphia Bar Association applauds the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges holding that the Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State.