Down with DOMA. #loveislove

Via on Jun 26, 2013

 

 

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Sometimes, the Supreme Court gets it right.

I think for all of those families who have been affected by the ups and downs of both Prop 8 and DOMA, this falls under the category of “it’s about time already!”

Justice Kennedy delivered the court’s opinion:

“The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and to injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity…By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others, the federal statute is in violation of the Fifth Amendment.”

 

“It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love or how you love, it matters only that you love” ~ John Lennon

 

We all love the same. #loveislove

 

 

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2 Responses to “Down with DOMA. #loveislove”

  1. Laura S. says:

    I am happy about today's ruling, but I am not overjoyed. I am thrilled that my marriage – which has been tenuously recognized for the last 3 1/2 years by the state of California but not the federal government – is now permanently legal and recognized by both levels of government. But it's impossible for me, as a white person, to be fully committed to happiness about the ruling. Today, what I feel most is survivor's guilt. Just yesterday, the very same court struck a horrendous blow to people of color – a blow that is likely to have a significantly greater impact on equality in this country than does today's decision. Yes, marriage is significant and extremely important. But more important is the issue of whether or not we each have a voice – whether we are all able to participate in the decision-making process of this country. Marriage rights are critical. Voting rights are more critical. It broke my heart today to see the level of sheer joy and celebration, by a largely white representation of the queer community, with no acknowledgement whatsoever, about the deplorable decision made yesterday. This was a perfect opportunity, with mic's in front of the happy winners, broadcasting on national TV, to address the absurdity of today's ruling compared to yesterday's. Of course we have a right to be happy. Yes, this is cause for celebration. And as citizens of a country that is granting us rights at the same time that it is taking rights away from others, we have a responsibility to name that. We (the LGB part of the LGBTQI community – the speeches, congrats, and backslapping today all narrowly focused on sexual preference, with no discussion at all about how this affects the non-cis-priveleged members of the non-straight world) had a great opportunity to build and demonstrate solidarity – to commit to equality and freedom on a larger-than-ourselves scale, and we blew it big time. Yeah, I know – it's no fun. It's rain on the parade. But it's what's right, compassionate, and the perfect opportunity was available. By gleefully standing on a world stage and proclaiming what a great day it is, and how finally our system "works" does a horrible disservice to all the people who, just yesterday, had a major protection ripped away from them. With all freedom comes responsibility. We want our freedom/equality. We need to step up and take on the responsibility as well.

  2. BBolder says:

    Overturning DOMA is HUGE.

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