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Five Years Later: Reflecting on Marriage Equality

Friday, June 26, marks the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges —the decision that legalized marriage for same-sex couples.

What’s changed in those five years? What’s improved? In what ways did the decision miss the mark?

For insight, we checked in with Cory Albertson , a lecturer in sociology at Smith and author of “ A Perfect Union? Television and the Winning of Same-Sex Marriage .” Alberston writes frequently for mainstream and scholarly publications on issues related to queer studies and social justice movements, among other things. Most recently, he authored a personal essay about the Obergefell decision for The Rumpus . At Smith, Albertson teaches courses on the family; sex and gender; and sexuality.

Why was the 2015 Supreme Court decision important?

In Obergefell , the Supreme court consolidated multiple cases from multiple states to focus on various legal practicalities of marriage—things like adoption rights of second parents, spousal recognition on death certificates, and the incongruity of states recognizing same-sex marriage licenses from other states or countries. So the decision helped achieve important practical effects.

Where did Obergefell fall short? It’s important to remember that early LGBTQ rights groups—particularly in the 1970s, immediately after the […]

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