There has been a lot of news coming out of the Supreme Court this week as they prepare for their summer vacation, but the headlines have gone to the ruling that got rid of DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act – a ruling that paves the way to extend federal rights available to married couples to same-sex couples legally married in their states.
While there was a lot of good news for same-sex couples this week from the Supreme Court, the court stopped short at setting any ruling that would make it mandatory for states to allow same-sex marriage and instead the court left it up to the states to decide.
So while there was a lot of good news, there is still a lot of work to do.
The good news is that the Supreme Court, once again, has decided that separate but equal is still not equal. That this should also extend to same-sex couples should not come as a huge shock, but once again it is a momentous decision.
Today, same-sex couples can marry again in California after the court also ruled that there are no injured parties if same-sex couples can get married. Because, really, while many declare that same-sex marriage is a threat – a look at countries where same-sex marriage has been legal for some time has shown that there is no measurable damage. And I am still not sure how someone else’s marriage can threaten your own, unless you are already feeling vulnerable in your marriage. What is the danger?
Also, why is it the “small government” folks who seem to be screaming for more government legislation in this particular area? If you are for less government, wouldn’t that be a good reason to get rid of a rule like DOMA that dictates who people can marry? Is that not an incredible form of government intrusion that they should also be happy to be rid of? Oh wait, they only want to get rid of the big government that doesn’t serve them? Hmmmm. Sounds a lot like pro-government to me.
This weekend is PRIDE across America. I cannot wait for the celebration and the joy.
The tides are turning and they are turning quickly. Twenty-five years ago, AIDS was sweeping this country and congress was having discussions about how the gay population brought this disease upon themselves with their “lifestyle”, and some even fought to have homosexuals quarantined.
Now we have stood tall and fought to allow gay married couples to be recognized by not just state governments but by the federal government. To allow gay partners to visit their loved ones in hospitals, to be able to speak for them in times of need and to allow them to represent our country in the army.
The fight is not over, but we can be proud of how far we have come.