The United States Supreme Court ruled today that the right to same-sex marriage is guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution.
What the Supreme Court did not do today was offer LGBT people heightened protection for their status in other circumstances, as it has done with race and gender. That victory remains for another day. Whatever happens later, however, history will remember Justice Kennedy's words, and his role as a key proponent for the rights of the LGBT community.
Like many, many Americans, I was thrilled when the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriages must be recognized nationwide. As a heterosexual, Hindu, Indian-American, I do not take my rights for granted, and I am glad to see the growth of justice for ALL.
It turns out that I am a deviant, too. I am such a deviant that we have a baby girl. And today, as the Supreme Court rules that every American is entitled to marry whomever she or he chooses, the streets will fill with deviants celebrating not only their right to participate in the most conventional of institutions but their right to live beyond stigma and shame.
Today, June 26, 2015, a day that will live in infamy, the Supreme Court has just destroyed the great battleship of marriage. Sent a kamizake pilot right through its bridge. Blown it to smithereens.
I am rejoicing today, and ecstatic that in the years to come, the love that I share with my husband and the love that millions of other LGBT Americans experience will be honored and that LGBT people will have gained dignity and justice at last.
Defining and embracing a true gay culture, which goes well beyond sexuality, is the next stage. We see organizations like gay softball leagues, gay choirs, and gay running clubs. They are institutions meant to build strength and support between one another because we do share so much in common and we understand what it took to become who we are more than anyone else.
In honor of the Supreme Court's ruling on Marriage Equality, I am sharing my story as it relates to me (a heterosexual female) and my sister (a homosexual female) and our journey over the past 17 years!
The case, Obergefell v. Hodges, a composite of four lower-court cases involving four states--Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan and Kentucky--has ramifications for employers and employees in all states.
Just a few hours ago, I was standing on the steps of the Supreme Court as the ruling on marriage equality was announced. The weight of the moment was almost too much to bear.
While those of us who support marriage equality are right to rejoice, there remains one thing missing from Justice Anthony Kennedy's opinion: he refused (once again) to say that all laws that discriminate against LGBT people are subject to heightened judicial scrutiny.
Things are about to get weird. After months of hearing from conservatives and fundamentalists about how they were going to secede, leave the country, or burn themselves in effigy over same-sex marriage, the day has arrived.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that same-sex couples will soon have the freedom to marry and equal respect for their marriages across America. This ruling will bring joy to families, and final victory to the decades-long marriage movement. Here are some of the lessons learned over the years that could apply to other progressive social movements.
As momentous as today's historic decision is, we must now harness the momentum from marriage conversation to the work of securing additional advances towards equality, especially nondiscrimination protections for LGBT Americans. But today, we celebrate.
As I've said many times over the last several years, marriage equality had the stamp of inevitability on it -- it is not a matter or "if," but "when." Today, we know the answer: Marriage equality is here.
This decision has refreshed within me a sense of patriotism. In the last few years, we've faced so many negatives in this country that it has made people feel like freedom was something this country was losing.