WASHINGTON — As Pride Month comes to an end and in response to Justice Clarence Thomas’ concurrent opinion that opens the door for overturning Obergefell v. Hodges and Lawrence v. Texas, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee released an LGBTQ+ fact sheet on the landscape of LGBTQ+ marriage equality in the states. If the Supreme Court overturns Obergefell, LGBTQ+ marriage equality is protected in 18 states despite Republicans’ rhetoric and policies of hatred, bigotry, and discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community.
“The conservative-stacked Supreme Court is salivating about potential opportunities to eliminate rights like LGBTQ+ marriage equality,” said DLCC President Jessica Post. “Justice Thomas was arrogant enough to lay out the next phase of the conservative agenda after giving the government control over our uteruses: inserting the government into our marriages and our bedrooms. If this conservative Supreme Court continues to put its radical views above our fundamental rights, state Democrats will step up to protect them. Too much is on the line to sit out the midterms this fall — voters must recognize these direct attacks on our freedom and respond by voting out radical Republicans this November.”
Notable Highlights from the DLCC’s LGBTQ+ Fact Sheet:
- 32 states have statutes or constitutional amendments that could threaten marriage equality.
- Among these states, Arizona, Colorado, and Michigan are DLCC targets this cycle.
- 18 states would likely uphold marriage equality if the Supreme Court overturned Obergefell.
- In June 2022, Gallup found that public support for marriage equality had reached 71%.