On a 5-4 vote, the United States Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal law that defines marriage as a heterosexual union, saying it violates the rights of married gay couples by denying them government benefits.
The law “places same-sex couples in an unstable position of being in a second-tier marriage,” Kennedy wrote for the court. “The differentiation demeans the couple, whose moral and sexual choices the Constitution protects, and whose relationship the state has sought to dignify.”
While today’s decision is obviously a step in the right direction towards marriage equality for all, it’s just a step – there’s still a lot of work to be done. Thirty-six states have passed laws or constitutional amendments enshrining bigotry, and so there’s still A LOT of work to be done.
And in related news, my marriage is still intact, despite the assertion by so many conservatives that repealing DOMA (and marriage equality in general) will lead to the breakdown of traditional marriage.