Thursday, June 27, 2013

West Hollywood's DOMA and Prop 8 victory celebrations...

Today I woke up feeling a little bit more equal and full of hope for the future. After the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the heinous Defense of Marriage Act and decided not to rule on California's equally hateful Proposition 8, West Hollywood's LGBT community came out last night to celebrate our victories in equal rights and reclaiming gay marriage in the Golden State.

West Hollywood DOMA and Prop 8 victory rally
Thousands of locals gathered beside WEHO's Park along San Vicente Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard to welcome home the victorious lawyers and plaintiffs in the Prop 8 case and to celebrate the fantastic verdict of the SCOTUS ruling. Plus more packed into the bars to raise a glass, or two, to equality.
West Hollywood DOMA and Prop 8 victory rally
When it was voted in four years ago, backed by the lies, fear-mongering and hatred of religious groups, who knew how Proposition 8 would actually galvanize our community to take action, be less apathetic and fight for our rights once more. I couldn't believe how it could ever became law in California in the first place, so I for one am glad that it's now as dead as a dodo.
DOMA Prop 8 victory rally West Hollywood
Oscar-winning MILK screenwriter and LGBT activist, Dustin Lance Black, was on hand to address the proud and happy rally and to introduce the anti-Prop 8 legal team of Ted Olson and David Boies, plus the courageous plaintiffs in the historic case, Sandy Stier and Kris Perry and Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami.
Dustin Lance Black prop 8 victory rally WEHO
Not being religious, I was never overly concerned with what it was called as long we had the same rights, benefits and laws as straight couples. But I was reminded last night that unless it's called 'marriage' and not a gay partnership, then we're not truly equal, as words do matter.

The crowd was also reminded that even though we'd earned this celebration, there was still lots of work to do to make same-sex marriage possible for the 37 other U.S. States where the right to marry is being blocked.
DOMA Prop 8 victory rally WEHO
I for one am hoping that these amazing results will be like a domino effect that will sweep across this nation and soon gay marriage will be a Federal reality and not just a dream. Plus now with the repeal of DOMA, Americans (and hopefully visitors) will be afforded the same rights as any straight married couple with regards tax, benefits and legal issues.

Here's to more equality, less discrimination and to be able to one day arrive at the U.S. immigration desk and approach as a gay couple without being told they don't recognise your relationship status (whereas at the Canadian border they do accept and respect you already).

It's going to happen and it's going to happen sooner rather than later...

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