Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Love Wins!





Victory!!! I'm ecstatic and overwhelmed. I'm still trying to figure out how this affects couples like my husband and I who are legally married but live in states like Florida that don't recognize that marriage. The more narrow Prop 8 non-ruling suggests that we may now be considered married at the Federal level, yet not at the state level.

I'd be eager to hear any opinions on that.

At any rate this is an extremely important victory but there's still work to be done. I'm popping the Champagne as we speak so I'll leave you all with the words of someone who's been fighting for human rights longer than I, the unflappable Mr. George Takei. FYI George will be in Miami in early July for Supercon!
Today marks a watershed moment in history and a tremendous victory for the principle of equality. The 5-4 decision by our Supreme Court striking down DOMA affirms the universality of love--the desire of all people not only to find, but to value and affirm, a lifelong commitment to another person. I have lived nearly four score years, and have borne witness to both the heartbreak and promise of true justice and equality in America. Today my heart soars, and my faith in the promise of our great nation is renewed. Now, if there's anything we gays know how to do well, it is to celebrate! Let the joy of this day ring out with PRIDE.
UPDATE: The full text here. United States v. Windsor

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love Conquers All. Muaaaah!

Anonymous said...

I read it as California will soon resume marriage equality (Perry) and your marriage will not be recognized in the state of Florida (Windsor) but has to be under federal law, so you and your husband should enjoy filing a joint tax return next year. As for the impact on immigration between married same-sex couples, I haven't seen an analysis on that yet.

Congratulations. As I read Windsor, some of this language could be used by state courts to toss state bans.

Godwhacker said...

@11:05

Thanks! I grew up never thinking I'd be able to get married. Then I got married, but it was one of those "skim milk" marriages.

Cream is good!

Godwhacker said...

I'm hopeful this will mean good things on immigration. If it's a valid marriage, I don't see how they can keep segregating gay couples out of the normal immigration process.

Rumpole said...

I am thrilled that Gay people can now marry. It was totally unfair that all the misery was reserved for "straight" couples. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

This is an activist court's affront to biblical marriage. Biblical marriage is a holy estate between a man, his dead brother's widow, some other wives, and his concubines.

Godwhacker said...

Not only is there still no gay marriage in Florida, there's no gay divorce! Luckily I'm happy. Very, very happy!

mikal said...

Congratulations.

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