This morning, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional because it denied equal protection of the law on the basis of sexual orientation. The federal government will now recognize same-sex marriages in any state which allows them. (There are twelve.) This is a huge leap forward, and I am glad I lived to see the day this happen. The court’s decision will effectively end legal discrimination against gays and lesbians in our country.
It’s about damned time.
Okay, the court refused to rule on the legality of California’s Proposition Eight, but only because the parties appealing a California federal court decision invalidating Proposition Eight did not have “standing” to bring that appeal. In other words, they had no stake in the validity of Proposition Eight, which means the California court’s ruling stands. Proposition Eight is dead, too.
One out of every eight Americans live in California, over 40 million people. Within days, the State of California will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, again. Essentially, the battle there is won. Woo-hoo.
I live in Florida, where our state government is controlled by moronic, Evangelical Christian Republicans who still think we live in the 1950’s. So, I still can’t marry my partner here. But I predict the cards will change within the next five-to-ten years. The handwriting’s on the wall.
Have a great Wednesday, friends.