Marriage equality is about more than a ceremony and a marriage license—it’s about same-sex marriages being treated with equal dignity and recognition under the law. The Texas ruling dishonors the work of those who’ve fought for decades for this victory and threatens the progress we’ve made.

It’s not enough to simply be able to get married: LGBT people should have the same access to employee benefits, public accommodations, and opportunities to build our families as anyone else.

Instead of undermining the equality of LGBT people, Texas should look to the example of California, a state where just last week new regulations went into effect to ensure that transgender people are treated fairly at work. We all have a stake in LGBT equality: when LGBT people can live, love, and work without fear of discrimination or violence, it strengthens all our communities.

– Selisse Berry, CEO & Founder of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates