Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Love Will Find a Way by the U.S. Supreme Court

Many of you have probably seen the tweets and Facebook posts saying hearts over parts.  It isn't often I can blog about romance and my daily profession (the law).  Many of you may know I am a civil rights lawyer.  Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued to key cases on civil rights that relate to romance.

In a 5-4 decision issued today, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in U.S. v Windsor.  The opinion, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, found the federal same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional.  Please read the opinion.  This will be one of the rulings people talk about for generations.  You can find the opinion here.

But this wasn't the only ruling that came out today.  By a 5-4 vote, the Court held in Hollingsworth v Perry that the groups who who put Proposition 8 (an amendment to the Declaration of Rights to the California Constitution that provided "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California") on California ballots in 2008 did not have the constitutional authority, or standing, to defend the law in federal courts after the state refused to appeal its loss at trial. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion.  While this ruling turned on technical grounds, it is also worthy of a read.   You can find it here

Regardless of your political persuasion or views, I am sure you can agree with me there is not enough love in the world.  It is a good thing when the courts allow love to find a way.


Aidee Ladnier said...

More weddings mean more cake! This is fabulous news for cake eaters (and writers of M/M fiction).



Tina B said...

Wonderful news! :)