Most of us remember when Judge Reinhardt voted to strike down California’s Proposition 8. Now on Tuesday, the 9th Circuit struck down gay marriage bans in both Idaho and Nevada where the decision was written by the judge. In a lone concurring opinion, he added to the majority opinion, likely to be part of his legacy, the following:
How exciting is this, a total surprise. The country has been moving in a positive direction for some time, and albeit may not be moving fast enough for many, but this surely adds a little more icing to the cake. I’m also excited for the couples who are parties to these cases, that their wishes are coming thru. So….today, from Slate, Mark J. Stern, who covers LGBT issues, reports that the Supreme Court has refused to review seven gay marriage cases from five different states. That decision effectively legalized gay marriage in those five states—Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin—almost immediately. But within the next few weeks, the court’s move will likely bring gay marriage to six more states—meaning that, without actually ruling on the topic, the justices will have brought marriage equality to 11 states in one fell swoop.
Today, June 26, is the first anniversary of Decision Day here in California. It’s that day that U.S. Supreme Court struck down Prop 8 as unconstitutional and paved the way for legalizing gay marriage in the Golden State.
Yesterday, the Obama Administration unleashed a list of new benefits for married same-sex couples, including those who reside in states where gay marriage is against the law. One allows for time off to care for an ill spouse, others include Social Security and Veterans benefits. All this, a year after the Supreme Court struck down a law barring federal recognition of gay marriages.
The change in Americans’ views about equal rights for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) is unprecedented, and the changing views on gay marriage is the best example.
In 2004, popular support for same-sex marriage was 30-40 percent. Now polls show support around 55 percent. Gay couples can now wed in 19 states. Laws prohibiting gay marriage in 30 states are being challenged, leaving North Dakota as the last holdout.
For religious people who view opposition to LGBT orientation as discriminatory and an example of bigotry, the use, or rather misuse, of the Bible is particularly disturbing. Two brothers recently had their HGTV program cancelled, due to past anti-gay remarks, and cited their “faith” as the reason.