ANA Applauds Supreme Court Decision in Favor of Marriage Equality (6/26/15)

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June 26, 2015

Jemarion Jones, 301-628-5198
Adam Sachs, 301-628-5034

ANA Applauds Supreme Court Decision in Favor of Marriage Equality

SILVER SPRING, MD – The American Nurses Association (ANA) applauds today’s decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in the Obergefell v. Hodges case in favor of marriage equality. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that laws in the 14 states banning same-sex marriage violate the “equal protection” clause of the Constitution. The ruling also means all states must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states.

“The Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges is a victory for equal rights,” said ANA Chief Executive Officer Marla J. Weston, PhD, RN, FAAN. “The ruling in favor of marriage equality aligns with the Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements, which emphasizes ‘respect for the inherent dignity, worth, unique attributes and human rights of all individuals.’

“ANA is pleased that same-sex couples can share equally in the legal rights married couples have long enjoyed—rights that are especially relevant in the health care setting,” Weston said.

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