Note: While this blog is dedicated to gender equality and women’s rights, Onward and F-Word wants to celebrate and acknowledge the Supreme Court’s rulings on DOMA and Prop 8. We support equality for EVERYONE.
This morning, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a law that banned the federal government from recognizing same sex marriages legalized at the state level. The ruling is an enormous victory for same sex couples, allies, advocates and lawmakers who have fought tirelessly for marriage equality.
Moments after DOMA was struck down, the Court dismissed Prop 8, California’s state constitutional amendment passed in November 2008 that only recognized marriages between a man and a woman. The Court claimed Prop 8 defenders have no standing, thus returning the case to California. The Los Angeles Times reports that while governors and state lawyers typically defend such laws in federal courts, California Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris “refused to defend Prop 8.” It should be noted that the meat of the plaintiff’s case against Prop 8 was that their constitutional right of equal protection was violated by banning same-sex couples from marriage- the Court ruled that it lacked jurisdiction to rule on such matters, along with the federal appeals court. Geoffrey A. Fowler of The Wall Street Journal explains that “this means a federal district court’s ruling striking down Prop 8 stands.”
I’ve often said that gender inequality isn’t just a woman’s issue- it effects everyone. The same is true of gay marriage and gay rights. Today’s ruling was long overdue but completely necessary as our country moves forward towards a more equal society in which our differences are legally recognized. To neglect couples the right to marry based on the gender of their partner is just plain wrong.
I’d like to send some love to my dear friends Christopher Ritz-Totten and Jeremy Ritz-Totten who were married in New York City last year by the incredible Darbi Worley, and to congratulate my friend Rachel Allen on her engagement to her partner Lindsay Parks. I love you all!
Now who wants to celebrate!?