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Marriage Equality Isn't Enough

Posted by New Leaders Council 4 Admin on August 26, 2015 at 2:43 PM

Originally published on U.S. News and World Report on August 25 by Tammy Baldwin and Neera Tanden.

The progressive movement has always stood for the basic principle that we have a shared responsibility to leave to the next generation a country that is more equal and more fair. Throughout the last century, efforts to expand circles of opportunity for women, people of color and LGBT Americans have found a welcome home in that movement. With the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of nationwide marriage equality earlier this summer, both progressives and LGBT Americans can celebrate the historic change we have pushed forward together.

But despite the steps our country has taken advancing equality for all, we can never mistake our progress for victory. There is more work to be done to ensure the dignity of LGBT citizens is fully respected, and America is ready to take more steps forward.

The work toward full equality for LGBT people and their families remains far from complete. In many places in America, a loving and committed same-sex couple can be legally married and still be at risk of being fired from their job, evicted from their apartment or thrown out of a restaurant simply for exercising that constitutional right to marry who they love.

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