Just another victory on the road of LGBT equality!!
By unanimous vote, a Federal Appeals Court in Boston has found the Defense of Marriage Act, which basically shuns gay marriage, to be completely unconstitutional.
Those who support DOMA insist Congress should adhere to the "traditional" definition of marriage and define the terms necessary for the federal hand-outs that come with it.
But the court ruled that to define marriage "as a union between man and woman" would deprive same-sex couples the same rights granted to heterosexual partners.
And clearly, that's an equality no-no! Discrimination is NOT what America stands for!
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley states:
Tags: doma, federal appeals court, gay marriage, politics, same sex marriage, unconstitutional, usa
So incredibly disappointing.
A San Francisco federal appeals court has overturned Judge Virginia A. Phillips' injunction against 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' and has ruled that the military must keep the policy in place.
According to the 9th Circuit:
"a stay pending appeal would obviate the confusion and uncertainty that might be caused by temporary implementation of the district court's injunction, with the looming possibility that the statutory policy could be reinstated on appeal. Enjoining the operation of the statute before the appeal is concluded would create tremendous uncertainty about the status of servicemembers who may reveal their sexual orientation in reliance on the district court's decision and injunction."
They may have won the battle, but they have not won the war!
It's only a matter of time, people!
EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL!
Tags: disappointing, dont ask dont tell, equal rights, federal appeals court, gay rights, gays in the military, injunction, judge, reinstated, sad, san fransisco, virginia a phillips