Something major is happening this week. I’ve got my glitter heels on and Beyonce blaring, because the issue of gay marriage is going to the Supreme Court. Tomorrow. Two cases will be heard by the nine justices of the Supreme Court Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, and people are already lined up to witness history in the making.
Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, lesbian couple of Berkeley, California, have been together for 13 years, and it’s been a rocky road of kind of married, kind of not. It’s always such a drag when you’re telling some guy he’s your boyfriend, and he only submits some of the time, and you’re just in this awkward limbo of “well are we a couple or…?” I’m sure it’s probably a little more vexing for Perry and Stier, 48 and 50, respectively, as their right to a marriage license has been granted and revoked several times since they first decided to commit to one another for life in 2003. They are being heard by the Supreme Court on Tuesday, in opposition of Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage. Marriage has been defined in California as a union between a man and a woman (which is kind of weird, because, like, it’s California. Right?). The court will decide whether it is within a state’s jurisdiction to define marriage in such a way. THIS. IS. HUGE. If the Supreme Court overturns Proposition 8, a national law will be passed, labeling gay marriage as constitutional, legalizing it all 50 states.
Wednesday’s case, as presented by the actually super cute GBF-able, Paul Katami and his partner, Jeff Zarillo focuses on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and the legality of denying benefits to married gay couples. It’s described as sheer “serendipity” that these cases are being heard simultaneously.
People are pretty much going insane, and comparing this social divide to the Supreme Court ruling in 1973, which legalized abortion. The prediction is that if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the right to marry, there will be a huge backlash, much like there was then. There’s obviously been a huge rise in support of gay marriage, especially among younger generations, and the Obama administration is certainly urging the abolishment of bans on gay marriage, but the current Supreme Court is more conservative than it was in 1973, so we’ll have to wait and see. Its ruling is expected in June.
Imagine a world of elaborate gay weddings, though. It could be pretty epic.
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