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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Oh Happy Day!

In case you haven't heard already, Iowa (through unanimous Supreme Court mandate) and Vermont (through legislative override of the governor's veto) have joined Connecticut and Massachusetts in providing full marriage rights for same-sex couples. (California is still up in the air as we await the Supreme Court's decision on Proposition 8.)

Unfortunately, as long as the Defense of Marriage Act stands, these marriages will be recognized neither by other states nor by the federal government. On its face, DOMA is an unconstitutional violation of the Full Faith and Credit Clause and the Fourteenth Amendment and is being challenged on those grounds. Again, unfortunately, that challenge may take years to reach the Supreme Court.

In the meantime, any one else find it infuriatingly hilarious that the Defense of Marriage Act was signed by a serial adulterer?

UPDATE: The DC Council also voted unanimously to recognize gay marriages performed in other states. They will hold a final vote next month, but it's pretty much a done deal. This brings DC one step closer to allowing gay marriages to be performed in the nation's capital.

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