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.
In 10 years, how did we get from an America in which 13 states still had anti-sodomy laws that made criminals of lesbian and gay people just for having sex, to an America where 13 jurisdictions allow same-sex couples the freedom to marry? Answer: We relied on the Constitution.