It is now time that the national Democratic Party formally recognize the freedom to marry as a core value by including it in its party platform to be ratified in September at the Democratic National Convention.
Even as the Ninth Circuit ruling may possibly go up on appeal, likewise, a number of important lawsuits challenging DOMA are working their way through the courts. Any one of these cases, or one that has yet to be filed, could make its way to the Supreme Court.
Amanda Lucidon, an award-winning photojournalist, is the producer and director of The Legal Stranger Project, which documents, through a series of intimate personal stories, the great disparities encountered by lesbian and gay couples under DOMA.
How did we pull this historic victory off? Fresh from this triumph, I want to share my best thinking on the components that enabled us to win and what this means for the freedom to marry campaign moving forward.
By creating civil union, a non-marriage marital status for certain couples, Illinois has brought the number of Americans living in jurisdictions that provide some measure of respect to same-sex couples under the law to 40 percent.
National Organization for Marriage's relentless efforts to shroud itself and its funders in a veil of secrecy is telling: If they had a good case against the freedom to marry, why would they be so eager to hide what they're doing?
Rather than discussing marriage, NOM's leaders are engaging in a familiar tactic in their anti-gay bus tour by drumming up a false narrative about the "discrimination" facing opponents of marriage equality.