even though it doesn't explicitly say so, Verrilli's brief clearly provides a framework for what is becoming known as the "eight-state solution".
While Solicitor General Verrilli's brief stopped short of a sweeping call for a constitutional right to marriage equality across the nation, the argument it does make is both judicious and full of dramatic implications.
In places where anti-gay-marriage sentiment is still strong, what do you think will happen with hostility in the workplace and on the street in the face of five or six Supreme Court justices ruling that an 1866 amendment to the constitution now suddenly gives gays the right to marry?
If the Supreme Court finds a constitutional right to same-sex marriage generally, it will do what it hastily did in Roe: It will force the recognition of a controversial right on a large number of states, not just on extreme outliers, exposing itself and the LGBT rights movement to a public backlash.
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) cases as well as the California Prop 8 case, it is helpful to understand the political context of these cases.
Today, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a landmark case challenging the constitutionality of California's ban on gay marriage. But don't count on a game-changing decision too quickly. It's more likely that Ted Olson and David Boies' blockbuster will end with a whimper.
There my fiancée Lori and I were, having exchanged rings and promised to each other that we would spend the rest of our lives together. But suddenly a wave of fear and anxiety washed over me. I couldn't help but question whether we were ready to face the formidable odds ahead of us.
It's been a year since we were married on television in the first officiated same-sex wedding on late-night TV.
I've been calling Jenni my partner now for a year and a half. Somewhere around the time we rented our first UHaul truck, I shifted the label from "girlfriend" to "partner."
A new term is about to begin at the U.S. Supreme Court, and it could be a blockbuster one for lesbian and gay rights. We eagerly await word on whether the Court will consider one or more of several cases currently presented to them for review that involve the rights of same-sex couples.
We dreamed of starting a family when we could, and getting married as soon as it became legal. But marriage is still illegal in California, and because of that, Tom's parents -- who were opposed to him being gay and opposed to our relationship as a result -- had all the legal rights, and I had none.
Why would the U.S. Supreme Court take up such a case? It would do so if there exists a wider issue to consider, but given Reinhardt's narrow ruling, there really isn't.
"The phrase Marriage Equality has become a political talking point for liberals and conservatives alike. The goal with the Marriage Equality Plays is to share a human side of a polarizing political issue."
I have found that the National Organization for Marriage did not report an additional $345,400 to Proposition 8 -- including $10,000 from Mitt Romney.
In the end, what we were told would be a sterile, cold experience became the most romantic time of our lives. Until gay marriage is a reality for all of us, this is all we have. We might as well make it as wonderful as possible.