Statement from Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on the Supreme Court’s Decision Regarding Same-sex Marriage

June 26, 2015

“The SUNY family stands proudly with all New Yorkers and Americans as we celebrate today’s groundbreaking Supreme Court decision that same-sex couples across the nation do indeed have the right to marriage. With the leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislature, our state has helped pave the way toward this monumental ruling.

"Higher education thrives on an unequivocal commitment to diversity of ideas, beliefs, race, nationality, and sexual orientation. Today we rejoice in that diversity with the countless students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have benefitted from a SUNY education and can now live their lives to the fullest no matter where they live in the United States.

"Martin Luther King Jr. once said ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but bends towards justice.’ America is now further down the positive, inclusive side of that arc, and the State University will do all that it can to ensure that the spirit of this ruling – equality for the LGBTQ community – is clear and strong throughout our system.”

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