Wednesday, June 26, 2013
History Made Today! SCOTUS Strikes Down DOMA and Prop 8
I am sharing a note I got from Get Equal that sums up my feelings so well, which, to be honest, are a little bittersweet.
The Supreme Court has spoken.
The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was ruled unconstitutional in a 5-4 ruling, and Proposition 8 was dismissed due to a lack of standing in a 5-4 ruling. We're working with legal organizations now to more fully understand all the implications of these rulings, but the basic gist is that couples in 13 states (including California) and DC will now have their marriages recognized by the federal government.
While we had hoped that the Supreme Court would issue a sweeping ruling that solidifies what we all already know -- that the right to marry is guaranteed within the U.S. Constitution -- we did not get a declarative, conclusive ruling for marriage equality across the country. We're thrilled for those couples who live in states with marriage equality who will now be able to cement their love and their lives together under the law, but our hearts are with those couples who still live in "inequality" states.
For those of us who live in states that now have marriage equality, we hold heavy hearts knowing that our sisters and brothers who have been left behind by the Supreme Court will continue to live with the burden of inequality. And for those of us who live in those inequality states, we continue to dream of a day when we will, conclusively, win marriage equality.
Today we process and celebrate and even mourn that we didn't get a 50-state ruling, but we also get right back to organizing. We know that this struggle isn't over -- we know that, one day, all Americans will be able to legally marry the person they love. And it's up to us to pick ourselves up, put our hands back to the plow, and work like hell to make sure that every single American from Massachusetts to Mississippi to Montana will soon win marriage equality!
There are 145 local events that have been organized across the country for tonight and over the next few days in order to give folks a place to gather, to process, to mourn, to celebrate, and to organize. We hope you'll head to www.unitedformarriage.org right now to see what's happening in your area, and to join with others to formulate a plan for next steps.
Of course, we have a lot of work left to do. We need to win employment protections for all LGBT Americans. We need to ensure that LGBT immigrants have a clear and swift pathway to fully participate in the American dream. We need to ensure that HIV and AIDS truly becomes a thing of the past, and that those who are positive have all the care they need. We need to make our schools places of safety and security, rather than places of fear.
Today, we celebrate for those who are tasting equality and we mourn for those who continue to thirst. And we get back to work.
The struggle continues,
Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez and Heather Cronk Co-Directors, GetEQUAL