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GLSEN Statement on Supreme Court Rulings

GLSEN Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Historic Rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8

Andy Marra
Public Relations Manager

NEW YORK – June 26, 2013 – GLSEN Executive Director Dr. Eliza Byard issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8.

“Today’s Supreme Court decisions mark an incredible turning point in the lives of millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. Sadly, many millions more still do not have the freedom to marry. While these decisions are an important step, we look forward to the day when discrimination directed at LGBT people is a subject for school history textbooks.

It is also important for schools to recognize that, regardless of the Supreme Court’s decisions and the laws in each state, families headed by LGBT people exist in every state in the country. Schools have an obligation to ensure that all youth are welcome and included in classroom discussions about diverse families. GLSEN’s “Ready, Set, Respect!” toolkit, developed in partnership with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), provides curricular resources on discussing family diversity in the elementary classroom setting.”



GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community. For information on GLSEN's research, educational resources, public policy advocacy, student organizing programs and educator training initiatives, visit