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News release from IPFW:

Professor: SCOTUS decision a positive leap, but U.S. needs broader ruling

(October 6, 2014) — Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to not review appeals of five state gay marriage cases is a positive step, but the country still needs a national ruling, according to Jeannie DiClementi, associate professor of psychology and long-time LGBT advocate.

DiClementi is a clinical psychologist with expertise in LGBT studies. She has been an advocate for LGBT rights for 30 years. She and her wife were legally married in California in 2013 and have been together for 26 years. They were the first same-sex couple in Colorado to adopt children.

“It’s nice to see the Supreme Court making the leap into the 21st century and not get in the way of full and equal marriage rights for all of our citizens,” said DiClementi.

However, by avoiding the cases, the court left in place a patchwork approach that puts a burden on LGBT families. “People should also remember that with this equality comes responsibility—financial, familial, social and the like,” said DiClementi.

A broad ruling by the Supreme Court “would unite the country and establish marriage equality in all states,” said DiClementi.



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