Wednesday, June 26, 2013

DOMA undone and Prop 8 overturned - Equality wins...

What a fantastic day! This morning I awoke to the news from my tearful partner of over 13 years that DOMA (the inappropriately named Defense of Marriage Act, which is quite possibly the biggest mistake President Bill Clinton ever made besides Monica Lewinsky) had been struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Gay Pride West Hollywood
Minutes later came the news that California's Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage, had been dismissed by the same Supreme Court Justices, which meant that the decision that Prop 8 was ruled unconstitutional by Chief Judge Vaughan R. Walker in August 2010 was upheld and same sex marriage can take place once again in the state of California.

This is a momentous day. Not just for California but all of America, but it's especially sweet for those of us living in the Golden State as the right to marry was taken away, even after 18,000 gay couples had been married, and that right and all the Federal rights associated with marriage are now everyone's to enjoy, gay and straight. Now that's equality.

It really has been a rollercoaster of emotions these past years and certainly this last month, when the Supreme Court decision kept being delayed. But my heart is overjoyed at this decision and I feel like a massive weight has been lifted and I live in a world where I'm not so hated anymore.

There'll certainly be dancing in the streets all over the U.S. tonight and I'll personally be attending the victory rally in West Hollywood tonight.
West Hollywood Pride flags
Personally I'm hoping that this amazing news also translates to positive immigration changes and equality for same sex partners there too.

Plus there's nothing standing in our way in California now, so expect wedding bells soon.

It's a great day to be gay and be on the right side of history. Let's hope there are many more days like this to come until we are all truly equal...

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