The Right Side of History: The U.S. Supreme Court and Marriage Equality

March 26, 2013

Today the United States Supreme Court heard arguments on California’s Prop 8 (or, as some refer to it, Prop Hate), which bans marriage equality for same-sex couples in the state.  To true advocates of human and civil rights, marriage is a fundamental right that ALL consenting adults must have.  Recognizing that basic human right are eleven countries (Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, and Sweden), several sub-national jurisdictions in Brazil and Mexico, and nine states in the USA (Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and Washington), plus the District of Columbia, plus three tribal jurisdictions (Coquille Tribe/Oregon, Suquamish Tribe/Washington, and Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians/Michigan).  Same-sex marriage laws are proposed and pending in many countries and jurisdictions throughout the world.

In June 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to announce their decision from today’s arguments.  May they decide on the right side of history, and all adult citizens of the United States will finally enjoy the freedom to marry.  And the marriage of the women pictured below (who were together for 32 years when they legally married in New York in 2011) will be recognized throughout the entire United States.

The first same-sex couple to be married in Westchester County, New York, on July 24, 2011, the day New York State's Marriage Equality Law went into effect.

The first same-sex couple to be married in Westchester County, New York, on July 24, 2011, the day New York State’s Marriage Equality Law went into effect.

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12 Responses to “The Right Side of History: The U.S. Supreme Court and Marriage Equality”

  1. Lisa said

    I am so glad you posted this K. Thank you for keeping some of us in the know. Fingers are crossed they do the right thing and let ALL people have equalality.

  2. Janice said

    Great post! Prop hate – a good way to remember that Prop 8 is against us. I always get so confused about those “striking down the ban” kind of headlines, all those double and triple negatives.

  3. Al Raymond said

    I remember the bad old days when even private, consensual sex between males was a crime in every state, with penalties ranging up to 20 years in NY, 21 years in NJ, 30 years in CT, 60 years in NC, and life at hard labor in GA—these are just a few examples!
    These were gradually repealed in most states and struck down in others, and the US Supreme Court struck down the few remaining laws in Lawrence v. Texas in 2003.
    And now we’ve become so accepted that 9 or 10 states (I’ve lost count!) have recognized the right of two consenting adults to marry whom they choose, regardless of gender.
    Even if the Supreme Court should rule against us for the moment, we already owe so much to those who fought, bled, and in some cases gave their lives so we could see this day in our lifetimes.

  4. Lester Goldstein said

    I would conclude.. Throughout the entire world.

  5. Anonymous said

    We are still in the dark ages, but soon I hope we will see the LIGHT

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