In response to the national debate and growing same sex-marriage movement, in 1996 the Congress passed "DOMA" the Defense of Marriage Act. This act basically blocked the federal government from recognizing the legal marriage of same-sex partners in states where the unions were legally being performed
In response to the national debate and growing same sex-marriage movement, in 1996 the Congress passed "DOMA" the Defense of Marriage Act. This act basically blocked the federal government from recognizing the legal marriage of same-sex partners in states where the unions were legally being performed. This one act did much to stall the progress made by the gay and lesbian communities in obtaining equal rights under the law and gaining parity with their heterosexual countrymen.
DOMA, in one sweep of the pen, denied legally married same-sex partners the right to receive any federal benefits awarded to heterosexual married couples.
It denied Social Security benefits to surviving spouses, it denied military benefits to spouses of soldiers, it forced surviving spouses of same sex marriages to pay inheritance tax. These among many more far reaching benefits normally enjoyed by any married couple in America.
The purpose of DOMA was very clear, lawmakers were openly discriminating against a large segment of Americans.
The Conservatives, the Right and the Rabidly Religious factions of the Republican Party were merely voting to placate their constituents and to reinforce their claim of representing "True American Values." It was cowardly, actually un-American in its nature and contrary to the right of the pursuit of happiness guaranteed every American.
Over time the same-sex marriage movement gained strength and now state after state has begun to ratify and pass laws recognizing the right of same sex partners to be legally married.
States looked at the fact that for years same-sex partners had been allowed to adopt children and yet were denied the right to become a true family. States decided that discriminating against a group of folks who wanted nothing more than to commit to one another legally through marriage would harm absolutely no one.
When states realized that there was a difference between a civil union and no church/religion would be forced to perform these ceremonies, they relented. Once states rectified that same sex marriages would pose no more a threat than normal divorce to the so called "sanctity" of marriage, they finally got with the program.
The Supreme Court has finally ended this shameful episode of blatant discrimination perpetrated on a group of law abiding American citizens denied equal treatment under the law for far too long.
For all intents and purposes, DOMA is dead and all that is left is the bad taste left behind by cowardly lawmakers who were coerced out of fear to pass an unjust law by a small group of haters. The Supreme Court has undone an unjust law and lends renewed optimism in the legal system to undo what is obviously unfair.
The Supreme court decided this DOMA case in a five to four decision. In the court's decision it said, "DOMA serves no legitimate purpose."
The court went on to say, "(DOMA) demeans those persons who are in lawful same-sex marriages and declares their marriages less worthy."
I say I couldn't agree more with the Supreme Court in this decision.