Same-sex couples are still processing how the Supreme Court's recent rulings in California's Proposition 8 and the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) could change their lives and their relationship to the government: from health insurance, to retirement, to green cards.
The argument made by the Prop 8 proponents that Judge Walker's injunction against enforcement of the initiative only applies to the plaintiff couples is totally lacking in merit. To use a “technical” term – it is pure malarkey.
The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today lifted the stay on its ruling declaring the discriminatory Proposition 8 unconstitutional, clearing the way for same-sex couples to begin marrying in California.
Congratulations, California! The freedom to marry in your state will be reinstated soon.
Lambda Legal, Equality California, the ACLU and the National Center for Lesbian Rights have released a fact sheet with frequently asked questions.