Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Supreme Court Rules: DOMA Unconstitutional, Prop 8 Dead

DOMA Unconstitutional, California Prop 8 Dead

Actually only Sec. 3 of DOMA was overturned, the section prohibiting Federal recognition and benefits for same-sex married couples.  Sec. 2, allowing states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages in other states still stands.  Overturning the remaining anti-marriage equality state laws and constitutional amendments will require another case challenging one of them, but this ruling clearly lays the legal foundation for a broader ruling upholding marriage as a federal right and overturning laws and amendments that infringe on that right.  So there is much work to do...  And just as important, maybe more so, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is still sitting in Congress waiting for action.  Employment discrimination against LGBT people is still legal in most of the United States, and we can't make same-sex marriage the main focus on LGBT activism.

The struggle for LGBT equality continues and will be fought in state legislatures, Congress and the Supreme Court for many years, so the outcomes of the 2014 and 2016 elections will determine how long we have to wait for equal rights in marriage and work.  We must organize to take the House back from the TeaRepublicans in 2014 and not allow a Republican in the White House in 2016.

After the Supreme Court Ruling, the Long Walk to the Altar Continues

Here's Almost Everything You Need to Know now that DOMA is (almost) Dead (NGLTF)

U.S. v Windsor Ruling

What DOMA going DOA means for Tennessee (Grand Divisions)

Right-Wing Reaction

Scalia Rants Against "Homosexual Sodomy" in Dissent

Marriage Equality and Beyond (DSA)

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