I know everyone has followed the recent developments regarding same sex marriage. There’s no doubt that the Supreme Court rulings have changed the conversation around marriage equality across the country. We want you to be a part of that conversation.
Here is a brief summary of the rulings and what they mean:
Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act was declared unconstitutional! This means the federal government has to recognize every legal marriage performed by every state. If your state has legal same-sex marriage, the federal government will now treat you as a married couple, granting you for the first time the over 1100 rights and benefits that federal law gives to married people.
The case regarding California’s ban on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8, was dismissed on the grounds that the conservative advocacy groups defending Prop 8 are not entitled to defend it in federal court. This means that the state appeals court decision striking down Prop 8 is upheld, and same-sex marriage is legal in California once again, but the ruling does not apply to any other state’s ban on same-sex marriage. (courtesy of Equality Louisiana)
With all of this great news, questions are abundant – everyone wants to know what this means for them. Resources are coming out every day from national organizations and from our very own statewide equality group – Equality Louisiana.
Here is a list of a few of the resources that might help to answer your questions:
- Lambda Legal: After DOMA Fact Sheets
- The National Gay & Lesbian Taskforce: Here’s almost everything you need to know now that DOMA is dead
- Equality Louisiana: What it takes to repeal the marriage amendment in Louisiana
Join Capital City Alliance in supporting Equality Louisiana. The fight for full equality in Louisiana will not be an easy one, but it’s time to start that fight.
by Micah Caswell