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DGA Statement on the Anniversary of Supreme Court’s Obergefell Decision

From the Chair’s Desk

DGA Statement on the Anniversary of Supreme Court’s Obergefell Decision

DGA Chair Gov. Tim Walz released the following statement on the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, establishing marriage equality:

“Nearly ten years ago the Supreme Court established the fundamental freedom of marriage equality across the country. However, that hasn’t stopped extreme GOP governors and candidates from trying to drag us backward with harmful and discriminatory attempts to demonize the LGBTQ+ community and invade the bedrooms, locker rooms and exam rooms of Americans and their families. This alarming trend is not only wrong, it is also bad for business, workers and the overall economy in their states. As Democratic governors and candidates fight to stand up for LGBTQ+ rights, we look forward to holding Republicans accountable and ensure voters continue to reject their extreme agenda.”

A recent report from The Advocate detailed how GOP candidates for governor this year “are showcasing their long standing opposition to LGBTQ+ rights,” including:

  • North Carolina: Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson has “repeatedly used homophobic slurs,” called for arresting transgender people, and supports reimplementing HB2, a notorious bill that sparked national backlash and cost the state nearly $4 billion dollars in business investment.
  • New Hampshire: Former U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte criticized New Hampshire becoming one of the first states to allow marriage equality and opposed allowing same-sex couples to adopt children.
  • Washington: Former Congressman Dave Reichert recently reaffirmed his belief that marriage is only between “a man and a woman,” and voted in favor of a constitutional ban on marriage equality, and to allow discrimination against LGBTQ+ Americans.
  • Indiana: U.S. Sen. Mike Braun voted against the 2022 bill codifying marriage equality, and supported anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in the Indiana State Legislature, a bill that cost Indianapolis $60 million in future convention business.
  • Missouri: Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, and State Sen. Bill Eigel all have long records of opposing marriage equality and supporting anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.