If you can imagine a bunch of Supreme Court Justices sitting around, banging their gavels and going ‘No, no, no!’ then you have a visual of what it has been like for the last 24 hours in DC. Many are still puzzled about the Court’s overturn of a clause in the Civil Rights voting act, the act which gave people of color a right to vote without prejudice or institutional blockades targeted at harming and impeding their right to vote.
By a margin of 5-4, the Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.
While Justice Thomas and others are still receiving flak for that, the Court today has shocked many Americans and finally seems to be going with a societal trend: gays should have the right to marry.
*Court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act… * ‘DOMA singles out class of persons deemed by State entitled to recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty’… Scalia dissent: ‘Diseased root: an exalted notion of the role of this court in American democratic society’… ALITO: ‘Constitution Does Not Guarantee the Right to Enter Into a Same-Sex Marriage’… *Reaction… *5-4: Decision in Prop 8: Ninth Circuit vacated, remanded… Lack of jurisdiction…
Many are beyond shocked and fuming with the news, but it is important to remember one thing: the Supreme Court always get the last word in an argument, just like your significant other when you’re in the wrong. Their interpretation of the law means the Prop 8 is done, and gay couples in California are in the clear for getting married. This right will likely soon extend across many more states, who reserve the right to expand the definition of marriage.
For those who do not recognize how far gay rights have come, perhaps have not heard of the Equality House in Topeka, KS.
The Equality House sits directly across the street from Westboro Baptist Church, perhaps the biggest fortified bastion of anti-gay marriage sentiment on the planet. The entire Congregation there is likely in mourning, as a massive ‘gay marriage rights’ party takes place at the newest gay landmark in the United States, located right in the heart of Topeka, Kansas, which is just as bread and butter American and middle-Earth Christian as you can get. If the people of Topeka are at the point of tolerating gay rights and rainbow colored houses, then conservatives in other states just do not stand a chance. Gay marriage is on the verge of being a universal reality in America.