Well, boys and girls, we've made some progress. The Supreme Court declared portions of DOMA unconstitutional, paving the way for many legally married gays and lesbians to access a host of federal benefits that they had previously been denied. As an "until recently married" lesbian, I did not realize the full extent of DOMA, ie. that it affected over 1000 federal statutes....more
I am happy for the progress that our country is making in the fight for gay rights. The recent Supreme Court decision to strike down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act was a huge step forward in equal rights for all people; something I wholeheartedly support. ...more
I love the South. I love the food, the folks, and the kind conversation. That being said, I will admit that watching parts of the world march on while many of my fellow Southerners plant their heels firmly in the past to be more than a bit disturbing. But hold up ya'll! Just a minute!...more
How am I to feel when the Supreme Court decides today that my partner and I could potentially be legally married, but my daughters—both Black—had their future voting rights threatened by the striking down of a key aspect of the 1965 Voting Rights Act yesterday?...more
In light of the Supreme Court reviewing Prop. 8 and DOMA this week, a personal realization has come to light: If you had asked me ten years ago if same-sex marriage mattered to me, my answer would have been, “meh.”In fact, at my extra-legal wedding, (ten years ago in June) that was my answer when someone asked me if my partner and I would be traveling to Canada to marry where it had recently become legal....more
Today holds particular importance to families like mine. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled today that Proposition 8 -- a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in California -- is not valid under the U.S. Constitution, a step that could lead to the right to marry nationwide.