Congratulations and great work to Kate Kendell and the NCLR!
Justice for same-sex couples in Arkansas! In June, the National Center for Lesbian Rights won their most recent Supreme Court battle, Pavan v. Smith. NCLR represented two married same-sex couples who sued the state of Arkansas for refusing to put the names of both parents on their children’s birth certificates. NCLR argued that it was unconstitutional discrimination that violates Obergefel v. Hodges, the 2015 case that legalized gay marriage in the United States.
Pavan is a great victory for NCLR and for same-sex couples throughout the United States. In Pavan, the United States Supreme Court found that the Arkansas Supreme Court’s decision defied Obergefel, by denying “married same-sex couples access to the ‘constellation of benefits that the Stat[e] ha[s] linked to marriage.’”
Kate Kendell, Executive Director of NCLR and a former guest speaker at Weber State University’s Peace & Possibility Lecture Series, said of this latest victory, “The Court’s ruling in Pavan is all the sweeter because it comes on the heels of a similar victory just last year. In V.L. v. E.L., NCLR won another summary reversal – this one unanimous – when the Supreme Court ruled that the Alabama Supreme Court had wrongly denied recognition of our lesbian client’s adoption of their three children.”
It is also interesting to note that our newest Justice Neil Gorsuch, nominated by President Donald Trump, filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito joined.
Jane and Tami Marquardt are proud supporters and fans of Kate Kendell and NCLR.