Thursday, February 23, 2012

DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional. . .Again

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It's irritating sometimes to pay a lot of attention to a particular issue. Because the more intensely you watch it, the longer it seems to take for anything to happen. Like a watched pot, following marriage equality wend its way through the courts can be interminable. Proposition 8 passed in California in November 2008, and has been challenged and beaten in court. The revocation of same-sex marriage rights in California was declared federally unconstitutional. This was in 2010. And here we are in 2012, and gay couples still can't get married, even after the ruling was affirmed.

Of course, as far as legal cases go, this isn't unusual. And if it weren't for the rampant busybodies fighting marriage equality, the whole fight would be over by now. Progress is going very fast, considering. It just feels like forever. Still, our hopes are buoyed often these days. There have been encouraging decisions all over the country recently, even with the party poopers like New Jersey's Chris Christie trying to sit on our parade. Even the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)--that Clinton-era compromise--is getting chunks taken out of its hide. Another judge has ruled it unconstitutional. Frustratingly, DOMA still stands. But its days seem to be numbered.


Federal Court Says DOMA Unconstitutional: Analysis of the Ruling

Another day, another victory for equality. Today, Judge Jeffrey White, a George W. Bush appointee to the federal bench, declared the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional as it applied to Karen Golinski. . .

Read more at: TowleRoad

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