WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to grant same-sex couples federal benefits by overturning a part of the Defense of Marriage Act.
A year ago today LGBT people and allies across the United States were awash in rainbow-colored tears and happiness. On June 26, 2013, in Windsor v. United States the Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, and that LGBT couples should receive the same federal benefits straight couples received.
It was a landmark decision made all the more momentous by SCOTUS’ refusal to rule on the Proposition 8 case, thereby allowing same-sex marriage in California.
In honor of these two court cases, OZY brings you a few of our favorite LGBT-related stories. Happy DOMA anniversary, friends!
The gay marriage debate in terms of our legal system seems to be coming to an end. The fight against gay marriage has dramatically shifted and the discussion about the meaning of marriage is moving away from politics toward faith communities. The new battles will center around protecting religious liberty, something which we are already starting to see in the case of legal religious exemptions. Read the story here.
Frank Lowe has gay dad jokes and he’s not afraid to use them. Twitter phenom Lowe is a hilarious, irreverent, gay stay-at-home dad who blends fact with fiction to tell anecdotes on social media about his interactions with his beloved son, Briggs. His hyperbolic humor has gained him a large following on Twitter, as well as offers for a possible screenwriting gig. You need to add this man to your social media feeds, pronto. Read the story here.
Proposition 8 alienated LGBT people around the U.S., and nobody was more hurt than gay Mormons and their families. Now, grassroots organizations are trying to make up for it by reaching out to LGBT Mormons and inviting them to come back to the church. They march in Pride celebrations and carry signs saying “Sorry we’re late,” trying to bandage the wounds left by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ intense stance against same-sex marriage. Read the story here.
Chris Geidner is BuzzFeed’s legal editor, explaining Supreme Court decisions to the masses. As a gay man, lawyer and journalist, he’s had a unique perspective as he’s watched the United States transform its public opinion, education and legislation on LGBT issues. As LGBT legal matters have exploded into public consciousness these past few years, so has Geidner. Read the story here.