Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Down with DOMA

What a beautiful day in the United States. 

The US Supreme Court has decided that ALL Americans have the right to love and be married; REGARDLESS of who they love and marry.

I've said for a long time now that marriage is about (or at least should  be) what's in your heart, not what's in your pants.

Our Courts Agree

From this morning's decision: 

"The power the Constitution grants, it also restrains. And though Congress has great authority to design laws to fit its own conception of sound national policy, it cannot deny the liberty protected by the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment. 

What has been explained to this point should more than suffice to establish that the principal purpose and the necessary effect of this law are to demean those persons who are in a lawful same-sex marriage. This requires the Court to hold, as it now does, that DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the liberty of the person protected by the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution."


More from the Justices that I like: 

"The Constitution’s guarantee of equality “must at the very least mean that a bare congressional desire to harm a politically unpopular group cannot” justify disparate treatment of that group. …

The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity. By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others."

Find the entire decision here
And story highlights here

I have a very dear Aunt who is gay. She has bee in a committed monogamous relationship for closing on 20 years. Today she posted this on her Facebook wall:

Now I have equal rights. 
Thanks to all the people that have helped get this passed.
A time of joy.
I'm 59 and now have equal rights for the first time. Yea it has happened. DOMA has been struck down. Now to go after each state. My 19+ yr relationship now can be protected by federal law. Once MI law is revised we will get married legally.

My heart is so full for her. Being the hormonal wreck I am, I am actually darn near tears. Oh who am I kidding, I did cry. For her. For M&T that someday this may happen for THEM. For myself and all the allies who have been told we are wrong for our support. For everyone who won today. 

I have a rule of no censorship on my blog. But, today is one time where I will edit comments left here. I know not everyone agrees with this ruling, and that it is a passion fueled debate. It probably always will be. But today I am celebrating equality and a victory for some of the people who matter most to me. Disrespectful comments will not be allowed. 


  1. I'm so blessed you are my niece.
    I like you have been crying tears of joy.
    I've not lived a life in the closet. I've had to protect myself with more legal paperwork than one could imagine so my partner can be protected if something happens to me. even so she can visit me in the hidpital, speak my wishes and get my inheritance. this is truly the beginning of our equality.

  2. Yes! A glimmer of hope for us down under this week too... We had a change of Prime Minister this week and for the first time our nation's leader now publicly supports same-sex marriage. Onwards and upwards!