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A Historic Day: Love Wins

Friday, June 26, 2015

What a way to kick off 2015 Pride!

Today’s decision by the Supreme Court of the United States granting marriage equality to the LGBTQA community is historic.

To honor this moment NCG reached out to a few of our members and staff who have worked for marriage equality and equal rights for the LGBTQA community. We wanted to know how they felt about today’s ruling, about their work supporting marriage equality.

Sylvia Yee | Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

The Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund was the first foundation nationwide to make marriage equality a funding priority. Here’s what Haas, Jr. Fund Vice President of Program Sylvia Yee said in response to today’s news:

We are over the moon about today's historic Supreme Court decision. We salute our colleagues and partners who worked together with remarkable discipline, savvy and heart, never giving up despite devastating losses over the years!

Learn more about Haas, Jr.’s work over the years to “Help Love Win” and read their Op Ed which ran in this morning’s San Francisco Chronicle.

Ellen LaPointe | Northern California Grantmakers

NCG’s very own President and CEO Ellen LaPointe has this to share:

This is, without question, one of the most historic and momentous days I expect to experience in my lifetime.  The Supreme Court’s recognition of a federally-protected, constitutional right to marry in the United States has come about as the result of decades of relentless commitment, fierce effort, extraordinary skill, and unfailing hope.  Many of the key leaders in the quest for marriage equality—funders, nonprofits, community leaders, and elected officials—are our colleagues and friends here in Northern California.  While there remains much to be done to overcome and eliminate the pernicious bias and hate that perpetuate discrimination and violence in our nation, today’s victory is a major step forward.  As we move into Pride Weekend celebrations in the Bay area, I will take special pride in that.


On Twitter you can find many of our members celebrating today’s ruling. Here’s a sampling of what came across NCG’s Twitter feed.