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DOMA be gone, Supreme Court puts down the hammer

This will be all over the news so I’m only going to write something short. I cannot tell you how proud I am of the Supreme Court for striking down the Defense Against Marriage Act (DOMA). I’m beyond thrilled that something good is happening in our country. We needed this, we needed to see that the US is no longer going to uphold such an unconstitutional piece of garbage as DOMA.

My husband and I had talked about this earlier in the week and he wasn’t sure the Surpreme Court would rule this way, he thought they might kick it back and make the States decide. I am SO happy they put their foot down and made the decision because this means all States which allow same-sex marriage will be barred to this national decision.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman told CNN the ruling was a “great win.” ““A great win not just for the gay community, it’s a great win for the American tradition of equal justice under the law,” he said.

There is no gay agenda or straight agenda. Any couple in a legally binded marriage should receive the SAME RIGHTS regardless of their sexual orientation. Period.

Equal Rights for All Families

Credit: Tony Kurdzuk
Discriminating against a human being, in general, is something which should be in our past. There is nothing more to say then that. It is not up to the government to tell someone who they are allowed to fall in love with and marry. End of story. The people who oppose same sex marriages claim to do it because they feel it is wrong based on their own personal or religious beliefs. Well if I can’t say Merry Christmas because it isn’t politically correct then you can’t tell Joe and Bob they aren’t allowed to marry because they are both male. I think it is outrageous that this is even an issue. This just goes to show you that American society still relies on religious belief as a basis for civil law.

Thanks to a string of state-level victories, tens of thousands of loving, same-sex couples across the country have finally been able to join in marriage in the last few years.

Yet because of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), enacted in 1996, the federal government doesn’t recognize a single one. This hurtful and discriminatory law denies millions of Americans federal recognition of marriage and the protections that come with that — Social Security survivors’ benefits, equal treatment under U.S. immigration laws, the right to take leave to care for a spouse, and more.

New Jersey state senators voted 20 to 14 to defeat a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. Gay rights activists had hoped to get the bill passed in the lame duck session because Gov. Jon Corzine has said he would sign the bill. Governor-elect Chris Christie has said he would veto the bill.

“Most assuredly, this is an issue of civil rights and civil liberties, the foundation of our state and federal constitutions,” Corzine said. “Denying any group of people a fundamental human right because of who they are, or whom they love, is wrong, plain and simple.”

Now we have the comments of an idiot…

“This is an example of how our country’s majority knows that we should not have to change the rules for a minority of people as long as we have protected their rights through civil unions,” said Joseph McMullen, a member of the New Jersey Family Policy Council, who welcomed the Senate vote.

New Jersey has a same-sex civil union law designed to give gay couples the same legal rights as heterosexual couples. Gay-marriage supporters say, however, that civil unions are inadequate.

“Children deserve the rights of natural parents, and they should not be denied them because of some people’s sexual desires,” McMullen added.

Garden State Equality, the leading advocacy group for gay marriage in New Jersey, condemned the vote, saying the Senate “defaulted on its constitutional obligation” to provide equal protection to same-sex couples.

Joseph McMullen…you are a controlling, ignorant fool. However, I sincerely hope you will be blessed with knowledge and compassionate consideration in the near future.

The New Jersey Civil Union Review Commission released its first report on the unions February 19, 2009. The review is mandated by the 2006 law creating civil unions, and was released on their first anniversary in that state.

The panel concluded that civil unions create a little-understood, separate category of citizens that is often more vulnerable to federal discrimination.

The report highlights the testimony of New Jersey State Bar Association president Lynn Fontaine Newsome, who said, “From the Bar’s perspective, civil unions are a failed experiment. They have shown to perpetuate unacceptable second-class legal status.”

Newsome told the commission that the arrangement requires that lawyers spend “countless additional hours of work” representing gays, lesbians, bisexuals and their families.

Iowa, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont have legalized same sex marriage. The District of Columbia and New York now recognize the legality of same-sex couples wed outside the district or state. Another 40 states have specific laws banning it.