Great happiness today among supporters of same-sex marriage, and I am very happy for them. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was declared unconstitutional in that it defined marriage as being between one man and one women, thus depriving same-sex couples of equal federal benefits. Also struck down was California’s Proposition 8, which prohibited same-sex marriage. The court stopped short of declaring same-sax marriage legal in all 50 states; it only struck down the federal definition of marriage. Each state must now pass its own legislation recognizing same-sex marriage. To date, 12 have done so.
Opponents of same-sex marriage seem to think their interpretation of marriage, usually based on religious precepts, should trump these pesky legal interpretations. They seem to forget this is a nation of laws, with separation of church and state, and that even their own “religiously correct” marriages mean nothing without legal recognition. Frankly I’ll never understand their unwillingness to let other people enjoy the benefits of marriage, or their selfishness in saying “we can marry but you can’t.” The right of others to marry in no way affects their own.
To me it’s as simple as the abortion issue: If you don’t like it and don’t want one, don’t get one.