Probably one of the biggest developments on the perpetual battle of civil rights in our society has taken place only a few hours ago. The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case to hear challenges to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
The act which currently outlines marriage to be between a man and a woman, and bars spouses in same-sex marriage for all federal purposes that include insurance benefits for government employees, Social Security survivors’ benefits, immigration and the filing of joint tax returns.
Even those that originally passed the offensive legislation, including President Bill Clinton, have evolved since 1996 and now support the repeal of DOMA. President Obama had recently announced he supported same-sex marriage, and advocated for the repeal of the absurd “don’t ask, don’t tell policy.”
This issue had recently exploded into the national view, more so than ever before, as a result from several states legalizing same-sex marriages; however, with the Supreme Court now agreeing to take up the issue on the federal level will make history on such a controversial and explosive issue.
Hopefully, the Supreme Court ,which held up some of the hotly debated aspects of President Obama’s health care reform will make enormous strides in finally granting a fundamental right of liberty for gay and lesbian American. It’s a black eye of our national identity that we refuse to recognize the intimate and personal decision to join in marriage.
Although the case will be argued in March, a decision will not be announced until around June. We should continue to advocate for the repeal of DOMA, and make an enormous stride in civil rights for all Americans, regardless of their sexuality.
If anyone has hurt the supposed “sanctity of marriage,” it’s been Newt Gingrich.