DFA founder Howard Dean on Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality: “Love wins… Moral arc of the

Since our founding by Gov. Howard Dean in 2004, Democracy for America and it’s million members nationwide have been committed in the fight for the equal marriage rights of all Americans.

If helpful, here’s a statement from DFA Founder, Gov. Howard Dean, on today’s historic marriage equality court ruling:

“Today, love won. This ruling sends a clear message that every American has the right to marry the person they love.

“In 2000, when Vermont passed the nation’s first civil unions legislation, many thought full marriage equality was at least a generation away. Yet, thanks to the painstaking work of thousands of people who dedicated their lives to this fight and refused to settle for anything less than the full equality that all Americans deserve, we’re celebrating this victory just fifteen years later. 

“While we continue the fight to end LGBT discrimination, the moral arc of the universe bent a little closer towards justice and equality for all Americans with today’s historic ruling.” – Gov. Howard Dean, Founder, Democracy for America

About Democracy for America, Gov. Howard Dean and the fight for marriage equality:

  • As Governor of Vermont, Dean signed the nation’s first civil unions legislation in 2000, one of the first of many important victories in the fight for marriage equality.

  • Since its founding following Gov. Dean’s Presidential Campaign, DFA has been committed to the fight for marriage equality:

    • In 2009, DFA helped overturn Gov. Jim Douglas’s veto of Vermont’s marriage equality bill and fought alongside other marriage equality advocates in Maine to protect their marriage bill.

    • In 2012, DFA was part of a strong coalition of grassroots activists which led marriage equality to victory in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington -- the first time marriage equality won at the ballot box.

  • Founded in 2004, DFA is a people-powered PAC with 1 million members who have raised and contributed more than $32.7 million and made more than 10.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 831 progressive candidates nationwide.

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