In one of the most important Supreme Court cases of the past decade, the members of the highest court in the land struck down the Defense of Marriage Act as well as rejecting an appeal on California's Prop 8 in a 5-4 decision. This will return the right for everyone in the Golden State to marry whoever they want!
While this news is Supreme-ly AH-mazing and a HUGE victory, let's not forget that there are pockets of the LGBT community in America who cannot fully participate in today's victory, and that progress in many states towards marriage equality is still at a standstill.
Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign, puts some perspective on this landmark ruling:
“These decisions underscore the emergence of two Americas. In one, LGBT citizens are nearing full equality. In the other, our community lacks even the most basic protections. Everywhere that injustice still prevails, we will fight for justice. And our message to those who cement their feet on the wrong side of history is that we will win.”
Too true, Chad. Too true. Under the current laws of Obama, a same-sex couple lawfully married in one state may not have access to all their federal rights and benefits in a state that does not recognize their marriage. While today is truly a victory, we look to the promise of the future, where anyone in all parts of America can get a chance to marry the love of their life, no matter the gender.
For the time being, DOMA and Prop 8…don't let the door hit you on the way out!
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