liberty. equality. dignity.
A symbolic and literal reminder that our core value system, since the Country’s inception and developed the years proceeding, has included respect for the rights of individuals to freely pursue those ends that lead to their sense of happiness and wellbeing. Furthermore a reminder to our federal elected officials that it is their freely sworn duty to protect these rights and values for all citizens, regardless of their gender, appearance, ethnicity or sexual orientation.
“I, AB, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”
-5 USC Part III, Subpart B, Chapter 33, Subchapter II: Oath of Office
was established as a founding principle and a basic human “self-evident truth” as stated by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence and adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.
or more exactly equal protection under the law, was a concept formally woven into the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution as the “Equal Protection Clause” duly ratified on July 28, 1868.
is a Constitutionally protected human right identified in the closing paragraph of the majority decision by the United States Supreme Court in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges on June 26, 2015.
“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization's oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”