This little firecracker of Supreme Court Justice has got to be my favorite on the bench. In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Justice Ginsburg said that she expects the Supreme Court to hear and decide a same-sex marriage case by 2016, and possibly earlier. With the way these bans are falling like flies, I suspect she’s right.
“Attitudes have changed swiftly in favor of same-sex marriage, which is now legal in 19 states and the District of Columbia, Ginsburg said in her wood-paneled office on the court’s main floor.
First, I know there are a lot of great people in Kansas, and in it’s own way it’s a beautiful state. However, if I was Dorothy, I would not be clicking my ruby reds to get back there (sorry Auntie Em) anytime soon. It appears that the Republican led house and senate are writing legislation straight out of the Vladimir Putin Playbook. This anti-gay segregation bill is the worst of its kind that I have ever read. It’s more than just marginalizing gay people, it even goes as far as if you are even perceived as gay, you could even be refused services from state employees for almost all services, even the DMV, as I read here on Slate. Then, soon after Senate President Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican objected to the bill as written, and went much further than just addressing religious freedoms and was concerned about services to gay couples. From the NYT.
And in a huge step backwards, India’s Supreme Court has re-criminalized gay sex. This is almost too crazy to believe, but it’s true. more details from Reuters:
In 2009 the Delhi High Court ruled unconstitutional a section of the penal code dating back to 1860 that prohibits “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal” and lifted the ban for consenting adults.
Another day, another couple separated by the Defense of Marriage Act. Pictured above are Tim (left) and Jamie (right). Tim is American, and Jamie is Scottish. Tim and Jamie first met each other in person in August, 2006. Their first date was at The Pink Room in Seattle, Washington. They fell in love.
From Skim Milk to Harvey Milk: How Our Community Made History at Last Week’s Supreme Court Arguments
By John Lewis and Stuart Gaffney
Marriage Equality USA
Whether you marched in San Francisco or elsewhere around the country, or traveled to Washington, DC, for the U.S. Supreme Court’s hearings in the marriage equality cases, we have all just participated in history in the making. After going to Washington, we feel more inspired than ever about our community’s work for full LGBTIQ equality.
At the Supreme Court, people camped out for days, even enduring a rare spring snowstorm, in order to get seats inside the courthouse.