Posts Tagged ‘DOMA’

U.S. Supreme Court Rules for Marriage Equality

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

SCOTUS rules on DOMA Prop 8

This morning we have reason to celebrate.

Two life-changing, landmark decisions were issued by the United States Supreme Court.

  • The Defense of Marriage Act, also called DOMA, was stuck down.
  • Proposition 8, or Prop 8, which would have banned same-sex marriage in California, was dismissed. Same-sex marriage in California is now legal.

President Obama said: “The laws of our land are catching up to the fundamental truth that millions of Americans hold in our hearts.”

“So glad we’re still moving in the right direction, towards tolerance!” wrote a commentator on the Washington Post article posting.

In recognizing same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court has recognized gay rights as a civil rights issue. At last.

Congratulations to the Prop8 plaintiffs, to the lawyers and organizations who worked so hard and persevered on these cases and to the millions of supporters who have fueled this movement.



Supreme Court on DOMA and Gay Marriage Day 2

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
United for Marriage HRC

Nice photo from the Human Rights Committee (HRC),
March 27, 2013.


Marriage and Its Defenders

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

We’d like to put our hat in the ring and say, “We too defend marriage.” For anybody. For everybody.

All this Defense of Marriage Act back-and-forth has reached, as the New York Times put it, “a tipping point.” Adam Lipak’s article last Sunday, “A Tipping Point for Gay Marriage,” pointed out that the legal community is often ahead of the curve when it comes to forward-thinking ideas and acceptance of those ideas in the general public.

Long before gay marriage becomes legal throughout the United States, legal decisions such as Lawrence v. Texas, decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003, which in essence legalized gay sex (sodomy, to be precise).

Now we have international law firm King & Spalding, based in Atlanta, withdrawing from a case that would have put them in a position to defend the Defense of Marriage Act. Marriage should be between one man and one woman, that act says. The law firm doesn’t want to alienate its law-school recruits, among other things. Good. Let them withdraw.

If it takes the legal community to lead the way in legalizing gay marriage, so be it.

Till next time, yours in good love and sex,

Nan & Christi

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