NASW Commends Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) applauds the U.S. Supreme Court for a ruling today that clears the way for same-sex couples to marry in all 50 states. In a 5-4 majority opinion written by Justice Kennedy in Obergerfell v. Hodges, the court held that the Fourteenth Amendment requires the states to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize lawfully licensed out-of-state marriages.

Today’s ruling will benefit thousands of same-sex couples living in states currently denying equal access to marriage for same sex couples. The decision offers them and their families the same recognition and benefits as married heterosexual couples.

NASW has long been a supporter of same-sex marriage. NASW joined the American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association and other organizations in an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court urging the justices to make the historic decision they issued today.

In that brief, NASW and the other groups argued that same-sex attraction is a normal part of human sexuality and that same-sex couples form committed relationships and are just as capable of raising children.

Conferring marriage rights on same-sex couples also offers them social, psychological and health benefits, the brief said.

Today’s decision could also have a profound economic impact on same-sex couples. NASW has partnered with the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) and the Center for American Progress (CAP) on a study that shows lack of legal recognition for same-sex couples and their families, including the right to marry, has resulted in higher taxes, reduced wages and Social Security income, and increased health care costs for this population.

The Supreme Court ruling will go a long way in helping address such inequalities and NASW stands ready to continue pressing for equal rights for all.

The National Association of Social Workers supports equal rights for all. To learn more visit our Diversity and Equity website.


  1. Interestingly, businesses are responding to this ruling by eliminating “domestic partner” benefits and requiring legal marriage to employees who seek spousal and/or family benefits. Otherwise, it’s “single” status for everyone.

  2. I may be speaking for a minority in NASW, but I do not think that I am the only one who feels that this is a sad day in the state of our country when a group of judges think they have the authority to change the definition of what a family is. If individuals have this conviction of same-sex marriage or that same-sex attraction is a normal part of human sexuality, that is their prerogative, but I do not feel it is right of those who are in a position of power or authority where it be judges or the NASW leadership to speak for an organization as a whole.

  3. Steven L Parks

    I was blessed to have been present in Washington DC the day of the decision. That evening I strolled hand-in-hand with my partner to view the White House lit up in rainbow colors. To our family in Texas this is a miracle recession that has granted us a right (and plethora of benefits) that I truly would not have been conferred to us any other way. I take heart that so many social workers and NASW have been supportive of the equal rights of all individuals and families. I hope they continue their support as Texas and other southern state governments construct new road blocks in the path to equality. I will never forget June 26, 2015.

  4. I am deeply moved by this historical moment and glad that I could share it with my sons. Thank you for your words and support to the LGBTQ community. Today, love wins!!

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