Today the Defense of Marriage Act(DOMA)and Prop 8 was ruled unconstitutional because according to Justice Anthony Kennedy “…it demeans the couple and humiliates tens of thousands of children now being raised by gay couples”. For those of you unfamiliar with Prop 8, it basically defines marriage as a bond between a man and a woman. Because of this definition of marriage many legally married gay couples were denied the same benefits and privileges of straight couples (DOMA). If we want to simplify things, the bottom line is: it is unconstitutional to not give the equal rights to a couple because they are the same sex. Of course many proponents of same sex marriage has asked, “Who has a right to define marriage as a union between and man and a woman?” while opponents of same sex marriage (some being religious individuals and groups) defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman in the eyes of God. Whether it be religious beliefs or social norms, it is up to the supreme court to decide what is equal, what is fair, or what is unconstitutional. According to Forbes, ” what does this mean for the social and political questions surrounding gay marriage? Two things are obvious: Proposition 8 is unconstitutional in California, as decided by the lower federal court (not the Supreme Court), and gay marriages there can go forward. And the federal Defense of Marriage Act cannot be used in states that decide to have gay marriage to deny full federal benefits (taxation, etc.) to those in such a union there. What do you think? Should the Supreme Court let each state decide if same sex marriage is legal with full benefits?
To understand this topic better, please take a moment to watch the story of this young man. When I close my eyes