Gobs of gay marriage, DOMA, Prop 8 news

As you can imagine, there are an insane number of stories out there about the Supreme Court’s decision yesterday to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and to dismiss the Proposition 8 case (which means Prop 8 is struck down and gay marriage will be legal again in California).

Rather than write a gazillion posts, I thought it might be useful to put a lot of them in one post.  So here goes:

The running of the interns (Buzzfeed).  Just click, and make sure you turn on the soundtrack at the top of the story before scrolling.


They include lots of fun animated gifs:

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15 federal benefits that married gay couples can look forward to (PBS NewsHour).

Pat Robertson compares the DOMA ruling to Sodom and Gomorrah – and he was there:

The Republican party, God bless its bigoted soul, is going to introduce an amendment to the United States Constitution that would ban gay marriage.

In the good news department, Boehner’s aide kind of blew the proposal off (Roll Call).

Numerous House Republicans are vewy vewy angwy at the gay. (C-SPAN)

A GOP lawmaker warns his colleagues not to say anything stupid following the Supreme Court’s ruling (Roll Call).

Fox News says this was really a conservative victory because it will make gays less slutty (Raw Story).

JoeMyGod looks at some of the newspaper headlines around the country.


Surprise marriage proposal in Tennessee following the Supreme Court decision (Out and About Nashville) – the fun starts about a minute in when the woman speaking realizes her partner is holding a ring box:


HuffPo looks at those who never made it to see this day.

Los Angeles resident Brad Bigelow, 58, had a more immediate memory. This week, Bigelow will mark one year since his longtime partner died. He fought back tears talking about the loss.

“My partner of 32 years died a year ago this Friday,” Bigelow said. “This was our dream and he never got to see it.”

Bigelow was at the rally with Bert Champagne, a friend who also lost his partner eight years ago. For Champagne, the day was an opportunity to celebrate that the next generation of LGBT people and their supporters will no longer be second-class citizens in the eyes of the federal government.

Pedophilia, Inc. weighs in (Catholic Bishops):

“Today is a tragic day for marriage and our nation. The Supreme Court has dealt a profound injustice to the American people by striking down in part the federal Defense of Marriage Act.  The Court got it wrong. The federal government ought to respect the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, even where states fail to do so. The preservation of liberty and justice requires that all laws, federal and state, respect the truth, including the truth about marriage. It is also unfortunate that the Court did not take the opportunity to uphold California’s Proposition 8 but instead decided not to rule on the matter. The common good of all, especially our children, depends upon a society that strives to uphold the truth of marriage. Now is the time to redouble our efforts in witness to this truth. These decisions are part of a public debate of great consequence. The future of marriage and the well-being of our society hang in the balance.

Washington, DC’s National Cathedral held a special service to celebrate our victory before the Supreme Court. That’s how real Christians act.

The Best or worst lines from Scalia’s angry dissent (Mother Jones).  He really is an ass:

“[T]o defend traditional marriage is not to condemn, demean, or humiliate those who would prefer other arrangements, any more than to defend the Constitution of the United States is to condemn, demean, or humiliate other constitutions.”

Then there’s this from Scalia:

“Some will rejoice in today’s decision, and some will despair at it; that is the nature of a controversy that matters so much to so many. But the Court has cheated both sides, robbing the winners of an honest victory, and the losers of the peace that comes from a fair defeat. We owed both of them better.”

Yeah, thanks for your concern. I’ll take our victory the way it came, thank you very much.

Jake Tapper at CNN looks at how quickly Americans’ views have changed.

What’s remarkable is not the celebrations, the couples lining up on the courthouse steps in San Francisco, the raucous celebrations in New York City, or the tears of joy on the steps of the Supreme Court.

What’s remarkable for Americans over the age of 30, is the relative quiet among the opponents of same-sex marriage. For its supporters, Wendesday was a long time coming. But in the scope of history, America has had a remarkably short change of heart on the issue.

Greg Sargent at the Washington Post says Scalia’s dissent about gay marriage coming to a theater near you is spot-on. Heh.

While the court didn’t rule on Prop 8 because of standing, this language does suggest that the Court is prepared to strike down other state laws banning gay marriage as in violation of the equal protection clause. And gay rights advocates predict a wave of new lawsuits against such laws as a result.

“This will be a powerful weapon for attacking restrictions on marriage around the country,” Theodore Boutrous, who helped argue the case for the plaintiffs in the Prop 8 case, tells me. “In future lawsuits challenging marriage restrictions in states, litigants will use the language in today’s decision.”

Indeed, in his dissent, Scalia all but admits all of this to be the case:

By formally declaring anyone opposed to same-sex marriage an enemy of human decency, the majority arms well every challenger to a state law restricting marriage to its traditional definition. Henceforth those challengers will lead with this court that there is “no legitimate purpose” served by such a law, and will claim the traditional definition has “the purpose and effect to disparage and to injure” the “personhood and dignity” of same-sex couples.

Scalia meant this as a negative, but he’s absolutely right. There is still plenty of work to do, but today’s decision will, in fact, give a powerful new weapon to those who will now set about getting state laws banning gay marriage struck down as illegitimate and an affront to the “personhood and dignity of same-sex couples.”

Rush Limbaugh thinks America is done with the gay, and we can move on now (MMFA).

Rush Limbaugh ignored the various obstacles the LGBT community continues to face, from employment discrimination to the ability to use public accommodations, when he declared that “all the gay issues are behind us” in wake of Wednesday’s Supreme Court rulings on marriage equality.

The Supreme Court’s decision in Windsor v. United States on June 26 struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denied married same-sex couples the benefits and protections afforded to married couples under federal law.

Limbaugh responded to the news by stating, “With all of today’s Supreme Court decisions on all of the gay issues, all the fatwas, we had DOMA, we had Proposition 8, so now all the gay issues are behind us … So now the gays are free to turn out and support Republicans now.”

Later in his show, Limbaugh claimed, “For all of human history, marriage was that between a man and a woman. And everything was hunky-doory. Everything was fine … Then all of a sudden one day, homosexuals decided that it wasn’t fair. That they couldn’t get married. So they began to agitate and stir things up.”

Chris Geidner’s analysis of yesterday’s DOMA and Prop 8 rulings (Buzzfeed).

Gay couples may see tax breaks by getting married (USA Today). Or not:

“The path is less clear” — until the Internal Revenue Service issues guidance — for couples who were married in a state where gay marriage is legal, but live in a state that doesn’t recognize it, says Sainz, because the IRS currently uses the filer’s state of residence as a guide on marriage, he says. Washington, D.C., and 13 states — accounting for about 30% of the U.S. population — recognize gay marriage.

Another big question, says Annette Nellen, a professor of accounting and taxation at San Jose State University, is that the Internal Revenue Code refers at least 30 times to couples as a “husband and a wife.” She wonders if the IRS will clarify that or if Congress will get involved.

Well that language is now unconstitutional and struck down by the Supreme Court, I’d argue, so if the administration can’t offers those benefits to gays, they can’t offer them to anyone, I’d argue, as the language is now struck.

Alex D’Addario at Salon considers what’s next for Gay Inc. after marriage.  Of course, what’s next is getting marriage in every state. And getting ENDA, the ENDA executive order, and fighting bullying, and HIV, and getting some openly cabinet secretaries, and Supreme Court justices, and Senators…

Peter Hamby at CNN writes about how the Supreme Court’s DOMA and Prop 8 rulings complicate life for Republicans:

Meanwhile, the court’s rulings Wednesday were met with something less than unbridled enthusiasm by the GOP political class.

“My interest in weighing in on this topic approaches zero,” said one veteran Republican working on a 2014 Senate race when asked to opine on the cases.

The reason is clear enough: Republican tacticians understand that winning modern races often means surviving the obstacle course of a conservative-dominated primary before having to appeal to general election voters who, nationally, view same-sex marriage as a non-issue.

Republican leaders in Washington expressed dismay at the ruling, but seemed eager to wash their hands of a polarizing national issue that, thanks to the court’s opinion on Proposition 8, will now be considered in state capitals instead of the corridors of Capitol Hill.

Follow me on Twitter: @aravosis | @americablog | @americabloggay | Facebook | Instagram | Google+ | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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