Sunday, June 30, 2013

Supreme Court Windsor Ruling

     Last Wednesday, June 26th, the Supreme Court finally made a ruling on the Supreme Court case Windsor vs. United States that I've mentioned in several of my blogposts and have been following. The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 vote that Section Three of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. Section Three of DOMA states "In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of the various administrative bureaus and agencies of the United States, the word 'marriage' means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word 'spouse' refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife." Now that this Section is no longer valid, the Federal Government must recognize all homosexual marriages. So what does that mean for homosexual couples across the United States? It means several things:
  • Homosexual couples can now receive federal benefits and protections for their marriages
  • Homosexual couples can get married out-of-state in states that allow homosexual marriage and it will be recognized by the Federal Government anywhere (so if a homosexual couple in Utah wanted to get married they could go to Washington, get married, and that marriage will be Federally recognized)
  • Many adoption agencies required that the adopters be a married couple, so many homosexual couples will now be able to adopt
  • One more step has been taken towards granting homosexual couples the full protection of the law and full equality with heterosexuals
This Supreme Court ruling does NOT force States to recognize same-sex marriages (so, in the above example, Utah can still ignore the same-sex marriage but the Federal Government cannot) but we are one step closer to having this occur.
     Ultimately, homosexuals have gained an enormous advantage that will lead to further advancements in Civil Rights. Just as the blacks gained rights one piece at a time, just as the Japanese gained rights slowly over time, just as ANY minority has slowly earned their proper rights denied to them in America, homosexuals WILL eventually achieve full equality with heterosexuals. This Supreme Court decision puts us one step closer towards equality and has given us the momentum to further gain equality. Please share the good news of the Supreme Courts just decision with everyone!

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