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With Landmark Court Decision, We Look at Houston’s LGBT Past, Present and Future

The US Supreme Court today, in a 5-4 ruling, declared state bans on same sex marriages unconstitutional. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy based the opinion on the due process and equal protection clauses in the 14th Amendment, writing that same sex couples, too, have a “fundamental right to marry.” To put it mildly, […]

The US Supreme Court today, in a 5-4 ruling, declared state bans on same sex marriages unconstitutional. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy based the opinion on the due process and equal protection clauses in the 14th Amendment, writing that same sex couples, too, have a “fundamental right to marry.”

To put it mildly, it’s a big day for the LGBT community. But then, that’s been true for June 26 before. On that same date in 2003, the High Court legalized same-sex intimacy in Lawrence v. Texas, and, in 2013, the court struck down a federal same-sex marriage ban.

Today’s historic decision comes in advance of Pride Houston, the annual LGBT parade here. In advance of Saturday’s parade, Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin reports on Houston’s LGBT past, present and future.

Pride Houston celebrations run Saturday (06/27/15) from noon to 11 p.m. in downtown Houston. The Heritage Society, also located downtown, will remain open until 8 that night. The society is hosting an exhibit called Throughout Houston’s GLBT History, which runs through Sept. 19.

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