The decisions will
change millions of lives
– and the country
David Boies, left, and Ted Olson, take a bow on Wednesday evening in West Hollywood, Calif., after their victory in the United States Supreme Court. Thousands cheered the attorneys who worked five years to get the ban on gay marriage overturned. © SGE, Inc. All rights reserved.
THOUSANDS OF MEN AND WOMEN – and those in between – gathered in the streets of West Hollywood, California on Wednesday evening to celebrate way into the night.
The party (a coming out, of sorts) was pure joy.
In an historic decision, the United States Supreme Court on Wednesday reaffirmed the right of homosexuals to equal treatment under the law.
It was a long time coming.
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PART OF THIS particular saga began in 2008 when California voters by a small margin, banned gays from getting married. It took five years to wind its way up through the court system.
Wednesday five Supreme Court justices wrote themselves indelibly into history.
In a roundabout way, they overturned
Jonathon and Jeromy (both with an “O”) seal the victory with a kiss at Trunks on Wednesday night. Aren’t they awesome? They are! © SGE, Inc. All rights reserved.
the decision of the voters of California – who, by the way, have changed dramatically since then.
Recently, the widely respected Field Poll reported that more than 60 percent of California voters would approve gay marriage if the proposal were on the ballot.
The tide is turning into a tidal wave.
On the federal level, the Defense of Marriage Act, thrown out by the Supreme Court, was never defensible in the first place.
President Bill Clinton was so embarrassed about signing it, he did so in the dead of night when he thought no one would be watching.
He later admitted this decision was wrong.
Overturning DOMA will have a profound impact on the nation.
IN A STATEMENT, the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, Lori Jean, rejoiced.
“A grievous wrong has finally been righted,” she said. “Justice has prevailed and the freedom to marry for California’s same-sex couples has been restored. Now no one can take it from us!
“More than that, by rejecting Section 3 of the ridiculously named Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional, the U.S. Supreme Court has said that all legally married couples are entitled to the same federal rights, protections and responsibilities.”
It is a time of great happiness and joy throughout the land.
Let the bells ring, as we celebrate our newfound recognition … with equal justice for all under the law.