I was going to write about this myself, but why would I, when it’s already been said better than I would have done? Enjoy!
Today marks a landmark decision from the United States Supreme Court and a victory for the LGBT community. Clinton’s legacy of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is now dead. Even now, I am having to write this article through tears of joy! The unconstitutional, shamefully discriminatory DOMA has finally been put to rest.
The 5-4 decision found Justice Kennedy siding with the reliably progressive Justices Bader Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan, and Sotomayor. The ruling is quite clear, emphasizing that by ignoring state marriage law, the federal government violated the Fifth Amendment. It reads, in part:
The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and 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.
Of course, Scalia and…
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