History was made today
The DOMA decision came down first from the supreme court.
DOMA was a federal law that denied federal benefits for gay couples whose marriages were recognized at the state level like joint tax returns, Social Security, health insurance, pension protection, benefits for military couples, and immigration protections for couples from different countries.
But no longer the court invalidated DOMA in a 5-4 ruling. Justice Anthony Kennedy said DOMA “violates basic due process and equal protection principles applicable to the Federal Government”.
Then came Prop 8
Prop 8 was a 2008 California ballot initiative that prohibited same sex marriage by amending the state’s constitution.
The case was dismissed today on the basis that the petitioners don’t have standing since the California courts have already struck down Prop 8, the lawyers opposing the bill don’t have standing to defend it.
Basically if you’re a same sex couple in California and want to get married the court cleared the way for that to happen. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom predicted on Twitter that gay marriages would begin in the state within a month or two.
The Supreme Court did not legalize same sex marriage nationally but if you’re in a same sex marriage already you now have the same right as anyone else that is married.
This was a pretty awesome moment Kris Perry and Sandy Stier along with Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami four of the plaintiffs who brought California's same sex marriage ban before the Supreme Court were called by President Obama from Airforce One to congratulate them after the decision.
They were live on MSNBC when it happened.
Mikey's reaction tweet posted on CBC for some reason, sure why not!