American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB) Celebrates US Supreme Court Decisions On Marriage Equality

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MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Ms. Denise Penn denise@bisexual.org  949.498.8771

June 26, 2013 (Los Angeles) Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, and therefore, the federal government will treat the marriages of same-sex couples the same as other marriages for purposes of federal programs and benefits. There are now 13 states and the District of Columbia where there is marriage equality — that’s 30% of the U.S. population automatically affected by this decision.

The American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB) wishes to thank and congratulate the plaintiffs, attorneys, legislators, and activists for their courage and commitment to the marriage equality movement. We acknowledge their work on behalf of the bisexual same-sex couples and bisexual people who are married to gay and lesbian spouses who are also celebrating today, as well as all of our allies.

In addition to DOMA, the Court’s decision ended the Prop 8 case, which will soon restore the freedom to marry in California. The outcome reaffirms what the Court held in Lambda Legal’s historic Romer v. Evans case: A majority of voters cannot strip a minority of its rights without a good cause.

“Some say that The Supreme Court just ruled favor of ‘gay marriage’, but it is so much more than that: They have affirmed the right that each of has the freedom to marry the person we love, regardless of their race, their religion, their social class or the gender of the person they choose to spend their life with. Many who wish to enter into a same-sex marriage do not identify as ‘gay’ and will benefit from this decision,” said American Institute of Bisexuality’s Denise Penn.

“This decision goes well beyond marriage,” said AIB Board Member Brad Kane. “It will affect state adoption rights, benefits, child custody, hospital visitation, personal injury damages, state taxes, all sorts of family rights.”

“It is a victory for fairness and justice and equality, and it is important to acknowledge that all of us benefit from this decision. Today, we are proud to be Americans and proud to be living in the great state of California, leading the way to greater freedom, opportunity and prosperity for the rest of the country,” concludes Penn.

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The American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB), is a 501c3 public charity that supports and sponsors projects likely to promote understanding and visibility about bisexuality through education, research, training and media outreach. The American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB) raises awareness about the diversity of sexual orientation. American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB) is dedicated to the support of the bisexual community and the education of the public at large about the bisexual community.

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