It was a historic week with the Supreme Court rulings on DOMA and California's Proposition 8. These activities coincided with the San Francisco Pride Festival, one of the largest in the country. With crowds estimated at over 1.8 million, the mood was celebratory and festive.
In recognizing rights, the Court is not "creating" them. It's simply acknowledging that they were always there, even if we haven't always lived up to our principles and recognized them, as clearly we have not.
Never before has the U.S. Supreme Court heard two significant gay rights cases simultaneously, and its rulings in these cases (expected in late June 2013) could be a defining moment in our entire community's decades-long struggle for equality under the law.
The 10 senators promote the argument that Section 3 of DOMA serves as a disincentive for states' legalization of same-sex marriage. But they suggest that this is not based on animus against gays and lesbians.
The future of our family rests in your hands. You have the power to make it devastatingly difficult. You can make it confusing and convoluted. Or you can do the right thing. Please, Justice Kennedy, please, please, do the right thing.
For two days in March, nine people in black robes will get together to hear arguments as to whether or not my marriage should be protected. I feel disgusted, violated and angry. I'm also scared, and that is one emotion that I thought I had put behind me.
Last Friday, as my staff and I sat hunched at our desks, refreshing the SCOTUS Blog for updates from the U.S. Supreme Court, the gravity of this moment in history hit me. The moment that we have been striving toward for decades was close. We were finally getting our day in court.
As always, there is a steady stream of comments and questions about the decision and the future of the Perry v. Brown case challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8. This post addresses the most common ones.
With rulings on gay marriage from two federal appellate courts in the past week, it is now more likely that the Supreme Court will finally grapple with the key civil rights issue of our time. We are in a stage where timing, litigation strategy, and judicial politics will all be critical.