MIAMI – June 26, 2015 – The United States Supreme Court, in a vote of 5-4, rules that the Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law mean that states cannot ban same-sex marriages thereby paving the way for legalization of gay marriage in all of our 50 states.
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion and noted that gay Americans wishing to marry need not 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."
Manny Crespo, Jr., President of the Cuban American Bar Association, who is openly gay, said:
"CABA is thrilled that the Supreme Court has recognized that same sex American couples are entitled to equal protection and due process under the 14th amendment when intending to marry. CABA stands by every individual seeking equality under the law, and this decision moves this great country another step forward into a future where every American will be entitled to live their life with unqualified and unrestricted dignity in the eyes of the law.”
About the Cuban American Bar Association
The Cuban American Bar Association is a voluntary bar association established in Miami in 1974 to promote equality of its members; serve the public interest by increasing awareness to the study of jurisprudence; foster respect for the law; preserve high standards of integrity, honor, and professional courtesy among its peers; provide equal access to and adequate representation of minorities before the courts; facilitate the administration of justice; build close relationships among its members; support Miami-Dade’s indigent community and increasing diversity in the judiciary and legal community. More information is available at www.cabaonline.com
Diana Powell, Executive Director