NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 26, 2015) – Councilmember At-large and candidate for mayor Megan Barry is celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Tennessee’s unconstitutional prohibition against same-sex marriage.
“Words cannot express the joy I have for so many of my gay and lesbian friends and family who now have the freedom to marry whomever they love,” said Megan Barry. “I am confident that Obergefell v. Hodges will stand the test of time as a Supreme Court decision which fundamentally strengthened the United States of America – bringing us ever closer to the dream of all men and women being created equal under the eyes of the law. I want to thank Abby Rubenfeld and Bill Harbison for fighting on behalf of marriage equality and helping to make marriage equality a reality in Tennessee.”
The Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges has effectively overturned laws across the country designed to block same-sex couples from enjoying the freedom to marry. Barry is committed to seeing Davidson County implement the court’s decision as quickly as possible, and has already agreed to officiate the ceremony of same-sex couples wishing to exercise their rights.
“We have worked hard to make Nashville a warm and welcoming place to all who enter – no matter where you were born, no matter how you got here, and certainly no matter whom you love,” said Barry. “Now that marriage equality is the law of the land, I hope that the State of Tennessee will fully join the City of Nashville in embracing equality by removing any last vestiges of discrimination that still exist in our laws.”
Megan Barry was awarded the LGBT Chamber of Commerce Ally Award for her commitment to advancing the cause of equality in Nashville – most notably through the non-discrimination ordinance that she sponsored and passed which prohibited discrimination against LGBT employees in Metro government. Megan has received the endorsement of Out and About Nashville, a prominent LGBT publication, and was the choice of 65% in attendance at the LGBT mayoral forum earlier this week.