On July 26, supporters of same-sex marriage rejoiced as the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, making it the law of the land. However, the battle is far from over for LGBT equality in America.
While couples are able to marry in all states (at least those that are abiding the decision), LGBT people still do not have many rights that others take for granted. According to the Center for American Progress, these same people who are getting marriage licenses across the country can still be “fired from their jobs, evicted from their apartments, denied credit, or refused services or goods simply because of their sexual orientation.”
“This discrimination leads to disproportionate rates of unemployment, poverty, homelessness, and negative health outcomes for LGBT people and their families,” the center writes.
In 28 states, there are no non-discrimination laws protecting gays and lesbians, and the same goes for 31 states when it comes to transgender people.
The center produced a telling infographic that plainly outlines the many privileges and benefits that are not afforded to LGBT people -- a couple can get married on a Sunday and be discriminated against every day for the rest of the week. This includes being denied a loan and having your child thrown out of college, in some states.
“While you have a marriage license, too many people still have a license to discriminate,” it says.