Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Americans have come out of the closet and in many places been allowed to live normal lives. It's a tribute to the leadership of the LGBT movement that so much has been accomplished in such a (relatively) short amount of time.
I want to help personalize what it's been like for me to be legally married in a state without the U.S. government recognizing my marriage. I'll start with a concrete example, taxes, since that seems to be the most relatable issue regardless of which political party one belongs to.
I "married" Chrissy Heyne on March 28, 2012, after almost three years together. We have two amazing children, Jonas and Ruby, who keep us busy, happy, and challenged. You may wonder why I put the word "married" in quotation marks.
This morning, the Supreme Court extended civil rights to lesbian and gay couples by overturning Section 3 of DOMA (which defined marriage as male-female dyads for federal purposes), and (basically) overturning Proposition 8.
As Catholics, we can and ought to celebrate committed relationships of love between persons. We can and ought to celebrate life-giving relationships of love, physically, emotionally and spiritually between two people.
The Supreme Court's decision allowing legally married gay couples to access federal benefits opens up an entirely new area of financial planning for gay couples. Everything from estate planning to Social Security to income tax returns and retirement benefits will be affected by the rulings.
The Supreme Court's decision to strike down Section 3 of DOMA as unconstitutional comes as a boon for so many same-sex, bi-national couples similarly situated, who have been separated and borne the brunt of discriminatory immigration laws for far too long.
By declining to give a 50-state equality ruling on Prop 8 today, the Court shows that it still doesn't "get it" with regards to treating LGBTs as equal human beings who should have the same rights as other adults.
: With so many loving families still living in states with marriage bans, what will it take to overturn bans that were passed by ballot measure? And how will we enact other important initiatives that benefit LGBT people, women, working families and new Americans?