Tuesday the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck two more state-level same-sex marriage bans, setting the stage for marriage equality in at least 35 states.
So far two states, Utah and Oklahoma, have filed petitions asking the Roberts Court to uphold their respective state bans on marriage equality. Elsewhere, attorneys for the State of Virginia filed their petition for review with the Roberts Court on Friday.
As we mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, I can’t help but notice that many of the gains made as a result of the Civil Rights Movement are being rolled back.
A month since the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down, the limits of the decision are already being tested in federal courts across the country.
LGBTQ rights are not the single civil rights issue of our time. To think otherwise, as all too many do, is the same sort of misrecognition that shaped the Supreme Court’s VRA ruling: the notion that the work of the civil rights movement is done, and it’s time for LGBTQ people to take up their mantle.
For Justice Samuel Alito, the Defense of Marriage Act and workplace discrimination cases represent the coming together of two very real threats to him: advancing equality in society and advancing equality in the workplace.
The Roberts Court may be waiting until the bitter end of its current term to deliver the much-awaited decisions on same-sex marriage, affirmative action, and voting rights, but as this term comes to a close the agenda of the conservative wing of the court couldn’t be clearer.
The Supreme Court decisions on DOMA and Prop 8 are expected to come down this month. We’ll soon find out if the Court has chosen to advance the cause of marriage equality, or if it will it leave it for another day.
Opponents of birth control and same-sex marriage share a common argument: “It ain’t true love unless you can get pregnant.”
Jaime and Laura are a lesbian couple in California whose son suffers from a serious heart condition. Without legal protections, their family would have suffered far more hardship than they did. Jaime addresses supporters of Prop 8 in a letter.