I usually write much more detailed posts, and I certainly will in the days to come, but right now I just want to say GOODBYE DOMA!
Today the Supreme Court of the United States struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which effectively denied married same-sex couples many of the federal benefits afforded to married heterosexual couples in their respective states. There was also a ruling on Prop 8 [which is much more complicated], so today marks 2 monumental victories for the LGBT equality movement!
Here is some powerful language from DOMA’s full opinion (bottom of page 25 to page 26):
DOMA singles out a class of persons deemed by a State entitled to recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty. It imposes a disability on the class by refusing to acknowledge a status the State finds to be dignified and proper. DOMA instructs all federal officials, and indeed all persons with whom same-sex couples interact, including their own children, that their marriage is less worthy than the marriages of others.
The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and to 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, the federal statute is in violation of the Fifth Amendment.
This opinion and its holding are confined to those lawful marriages.
The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is affirmed.
It is so ordered.
I’m so thankful to witness this incredible moment in history and want to give a shout out to the Scotus Blog for providing the Live Blog of Opinions on these readings.
Happy Wednesday! It’s [always] a great day for an equality victory!