Four District 9 citizens were plaintiffs in the cases that led to today’s Supreme Court decision that all states must issue licenses for and recognize marriages between same-sex couples.   Michael DeLeon and Greg Bourke were fighting for the right to have their marriage recognized in their home state of Kentucky, while Tim Love and Larry Ysunza were fighting  for the right to marry here.  I am so proud of their role in this historic decision and happy for our country that marriage equality is the law of the land.

While celebrating today’s decision, we must remember that it is not the end of the struggle for equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.  While LGBT discrimination has been illegal in Louisville since 1999 and eight Kentucky cities now have similar laws,  there remains no statewide protection for this community.  I will continue to work with the Fairness Campaign, which is based in District 9, and the Fairness Coalition to advocate for enactment of a law protecting LGBT people wherever they are in Kentucky, as soon as possible.  It’s time.