The Internet erupted in chatter this morning when the Supreme Court of the United States issued its highly anticipated rulings on United States v Windsor and Hollingsworth v Perry. The results are in. DOMA is Dead. Prop Hate is no more.
I personally, could not like enough Facebook statuses of people celebrating the historic ruling.
President Barack Obama issued an official White House statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and the retention of marriage equality in California:
“I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. 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.”
He concluded, “The laws of our land are catching up to the fundamental truth that millions of Americans hold in our hearts: when all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.”
President Obama also took time to call Edie Windsor, plaintiff in United States v. Windsor
“Hello, who am I talking to?” Windsor said. “Oh, Barack Obama? I wanted to thank you. I think your coming out for us made such a difference throughout the country.”
But in all of this celebration let’s not forget those who were most affected today: advocates for traditional marriage. I’m so sorry that in my glee I overlooked your loss of… well, nothing.
Not to worry. There are still safe havens for homophobes. See, SCOTUS issued a narrow ruling in Hollingsworth v. Perry. The court ruled in the Prop 8 case on procedural grounds, not reaching a decision on the merits of Prop 8 or the broader question of whether the Constitution guarantees the fundamental right to marry the person you love.
That means for now it’s still up to the states. Behold, there is still plenty of God-fearing American soil where you can plant your flags of hate:
“These decisions underscore the emergence of two Americas. In one, LGBT citizens are nearing full equality. In the other, our community lacks even the most basic protections,” said Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign. “Everywhere that injustice still prevails, we will fight for justice. And our message to those who cement their feet on the wrong side of history is that we will win.”
It’s just a matter of time before we turn the entire map orange!