Overturning DOMA Changes Nothing in My State
[Editor's Note: While many people are celebrating the Supreme Court's overturn of the Defense of Marriage Act, the ruling doesn't actually make a difference in states where gay marriage is not legal. BlogHer Late Enough lives in one of those states, and shares a bit of her thoughts here. --Grace]
I live in Virginia and stood by the polling place in 2006 handing out information on why a constitutional amendment “that defines marriage as solely between one man and one woman and bans recognition of any legal status ‘approximat[ing] the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage’” should not pass, and I had to celebrate the nearly one million people, who voted against it, even as it passed. (source) To overturn a constitutional amendment in Virginia takes two different election cycles in the House of Delegates plus a statewide referendum. Maybe in twenty-five years.