NYC Pride Week: Supreme Court Upholds ‘Dignity’ of Same-Sex Marriage

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HISTORIC MOMENT TO ‘BE PROUD’

First things first. I’m pleased to report news of the Supreme Court’s decision Wednesday overturning part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional and applaud 84-year-old New Yorker Edith Windsor for standing her ground. It marks a historic first as the highest court in the U.S. also dismissed a challenge to California’s gay marriage ban, ruling that Proposition 8 supporters did not have the legal standing, or right, to appeal a lower court’s decision striking down the ban. Simply put, the action restores same-sex marriage in the country’s most populous state.

PHOTO CREDIT: BRYAN SMITH/ZUMA PRESS/NEWSCOM

EDITH ‘EDIE’ WINDSOR
PHOTO CREDIT: BRYAN SMITH/ZUMA PRESS/NEWSCOM

I’m celebrating this news on Day 3 of my ‘Be Proud’ blog series, which has been a success thanks to readers like you. However, everyone does not feel the same and they will continue to voice opposition. A lot has changed in 40 years when SCOTUS refused to hear a case brought by a gay couple who wanted to get married in Minnesota. Public opinion is shifting radically about the LGBT community as awareness grows. As of June 2013, 13 states allow same-sex marriage.

President Obama weighed in on Wednesday’s split decision, saying “this was discrimination enshrined in law. It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people.  The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it.  We are a people who declared that we are all created equal – and the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”

Now, if only the high court felt the same about voting rights in America.

Recommended:

‘When Edie Windsor Learned She Won’: http://www.out.com/entertainment/popnography/2013/06/26/when-edie-windsor-learned-she-won

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