Thanks to the Supreme Court, DOMA’s dead, but the Voting Rights Act has been gutted. I wish I could celebrate in full.
Now that the Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act’s recognition, and effectively put an end to California’s Proposition 8 marriage amendment, some in California are starting to celebrate.
“I had pretty much the same reaction as almost everyone in the room: We were all crying,” the marriage plaintiff tells BuzzFeed. Windsor and her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan, share their thoughts about a historic victory.
It’s been kind of a historic day. This is what that looked like.
Hop aboard this emotional roller coaster!
It’s been a long time coming.
For even the gay-friendliest employers, DOMA made employees in same-sex marriages more expensive. But with the law struck down, things might get a little easier for companies.
Opponents to marriage equality find themselves dispirited in wake of Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Defense of Marriage Act.
A lot can happen in 17 years.
“If I had to survive Thea, what a glorious way to do it, as she would be so pleased,” says the DOMA plaintiff.
The president had to be told by phone about the landmark rulings after Air Force One lost internet access.
Closely divided rulings striking down the Defense of Marriage Act’s recognition ban and ending California’s Proposition 8 marriage amendment nonetheless signal a sea change. “Within five years, we will bring marriage equality to all 50 states in the U.S.,” HRC head says.
Michele Bachmann wasn’t happy with the Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage today. Nancy Pelosi gave a very curt answer when asked to comment on Bachmann’s statement.
“What are you looking for?”
Prop 8 was dismissed this morning, making this man’s proposal valid. Just try not to cry.
Though the Supreme Court’s decisions on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act were made on the other side the country, San Francisco residents gathered together waiting for an answer.
The stars took to Twitter to applaud landmark victories for gay rights.
Updated: The decisions are considered major victories for gay rights. Married same-sex couples will now be federally recognized in 13 states, plus D.C. “When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free,” Obama said.
Marriage between same-sex couples was seen as an impossibility by courts in the early 1970s. While the country has moved significantly on the issue, the Supreme Court’s expected rulings on Wednesday in two major cases addressing gay couples’ right could change that dramatically — and, possibly, forever.
A procedural question about whether the right party is before the court could be a hurdle for the pending Supreme Court cases involving the Defense of Marriage Act, California’s Proposition 8, affirmative action policies, and the Voting Rights Act.
Can we just get on with this already?
Many outcomes are possible in the challenges to California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act that are due to be decided by the justices in the coming weeks. A complex path got the cases — and the country — to a moment of waiting.
“The direction the country and the party is moving is uni-directional on this issue,” Margaret Hoover says.
With a record number of out LGBT lawmakers, the caucus is aiming to change the Hill — and the country.
“This year, we celebrate LGBT Pride Month at a moment of
great hope and progress, recognizing that more needs to be done,” Obama says in a proclamation. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, in her own statement, says the Supreme Court “soon” will “discard the defenseless Defense of Marriage Act and Prop. 8.”
“As the highest court in the land deliberates your case … you, our beloved graduate, are a moving testament to the power and tenacity of this nation’s evolving search for justice and equality,” New York University President John Sexton said at the school’s commencement Wednesday. Windsor received the school’s presidential medal.
The marriage equality bandwagon had only one member Tuesday, after Democrats abandoned their push to include gay and lesbian couples in immigration legislation. “Shameful,” says an activist.
“The repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ was a monumental achievement for our military and for our country; however, it did not finish the entire job of ensuring that our gay and lesbian service members and their families are treated equally under the law,” the New Hampshire senator says.