PHILADELPHIA – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which found that the federal Constitution protects same-sex couples’ freedom to marry in all fifty States, D.C., and the U.S. territories.

The following can be attributed to Reggie Shuford, executive director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania:

“This is an historic and joyous occasion. We know from our experience here in Pennsylvania that no one is hurt when people are allowed to marry the person he or she loves.  We should all be proud of this victory for equality, freedom, and love. It is an important step on this country’s journey to full acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.”