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California: Anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act ruled unconstitutional

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  1. This is a judgement for common sense, let’s hope more judges rule this way!

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 26 May 2012, 3:00pm

    One step closer to repeal of DOMA. We will win!

    1. Paddyswurds 26 May 2012, 4:49pm

      Well DOMA is a dead duck anyway since Barak Obama declared it wouldn’t be defended, so all these court cases and appeals are destined to fail and be ruled unconstitutional no matter what. This running to court and constitutional courts is just a huge waste of money and court time and is just the dying throes of an opposition which is now down to 38% of all Americans…..

      1. DOMA will be defended by NGOs

  3. This is a judgement for common sense, let’s hope that more judgements follow suit soon

  4. It was very obvious when it was passed that it was unconstitutional. They should be able to rule on pending legislation so that people don’t suffer fo years waiting for it to be appealed.

    1. So was the Patriot Act. Sometimes it no longer surprises me just how stupid people can be in trampling democratic principles just to stop a spectre that frightens them.

      1. All the more reason for a constitutional panel o the Supreme Court to look at dodgy Bills.

  5. Keith Farrell 26 May 2012, 3:13pm

    But why O why do we have to fight so had for simply requesting that every one be treated as equal and given the same equal rights. Your country (USA) claims to be a Christian country but they keep harping back to the old laws (old testament) but early Christians would never dream of following the old law, they followed Christ’s law, and I don’t see anything in Christ’s law that reflects badly on the LGBT people, I do however see many problems that these so called Christians will face in the next life, they might find it a little warm.
    Maybe it is time that the American Christian started to think for themselves and stopped following hat mongering pastors

    1. I agree Keith, but sadly many Christians don’t really understand their own religion. Many pastors who do are too scared to stand up and be counted as pro LGBT. They could lose their jobs in the controversy. Acceptance or affirmation has to come from the grass roots in Christianity. And it will. Eventually.

      1. Is it just me or does it seem to you that those people who actually read the bible tend to be atheist? Those who spout all the religious defences to progress seem to have a preselected group of quotes and never open the bible and read it for them self.

        1. I think that is probably true, though I am a Christian.

  6. Stuff Queer People Need To Know 26 May 2012, 3:19pm

    The beginning of the end started a long time ago.

    1. go fuk ya primitive self!

    2. Same sex marriage isn’t going to hurt anyone

      1. Well you sound like a fundie in this statement

        If you’re not, then I apologize lol. If you are, you can f off.

    3. SQPNTK, try proof reading what you write! You’ve made everyone think you’re a fundamentalist. Whoops.

    4. “The beginning of the end started a long time ago.”

      LOL! Yeah, for the religious freaks! Science is stamping your foolish nonsense out.

  7. Thank the judge and God for truth, freedom and equal and Civil Rights for for all LGBT people.

    1. Amen.

  8. You may have taken another step towards destroying family, but your not there yet, you’ve got a long way to go, and trust me you won’t win.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 26 May 2012, 4:31pm

      Name one family that has been destroyed as a result of equal marriage, name one society for that matter? Come on, provide the factual evidence, imbecile. Explain why almost 50% of straight marriages fail. If you can’t figure out what is really destroying family, then you’re a bigger imbecile than I give you credit for. The ones destroying families are heterosexual men and women committing adultery, the marriage wreckers, some of them serial adulterers and women having children out of wedlock, some with multiple male partners, loser that you are.

    2. Destroying the family isn’t remotely the battle we’re fighting. We’re fighting your tireless crusade to destroy love.

    3. Paddyswurds 26 May 2012, 4:52pm

      @Anthony…
      …… if you aren’t a spit and run troll can you please explain in plain English how exactly Marriage Equality will destroy the family?.

    4. Oh yes we will win. I give it another twenty years before most Christians catch up, but they will do so. Just as they don’t advocate slavery any more, and they don’t advocate racism. The position of women is slowly getting better, and LGBTs are next on the list for equal treatment. The sky will not fall in because some gays get married. We will turn around the prejudiced in the church eventually, and people like me will keep working for it until it happens.

    5. Idiots like you don’t seem to realise that families are not destroyed by equal marriage, instead other people can form legally recognised families. Look on the street you live on. Not all families are carbon copies of each other are they? Everyone is different. If you don’t want your family ruined by equal marriage then don’t marry someone of the same gender. It is an option, not a criteria to be met before marriage.

      Stop being so prejudiced and think on this… what is really destroying the family? LGBT people happily marrying and living their lives or bigots passing on outdated views to their children who deserve a better upbringing than the likes of homophobes like you can provide.

    6. Seems to me Hetros have been systematically destroying marriage and family for centuries – All we are doing is helping you primitives to evolve!

    7. Paddyswurds 26 May 2012, 7:00pm

      Au Contraire, Mon Deu, we aren’t trying to wreck the family but protect it. We all came from families and sure isn’t that where we get all the fresh meat. Kids of queers tend to turn out straight while the heteros produce GLBs quite prodigiously. So you will never be able to wipe us out ’cause to do that you will have to destroy the Family, now isn’t that ironic……

  9. Yes! This is a step forward to marriage equality, and hopefully equality in other ways. DOMA is unconstitutional – 1st Amendment, 14th amendment – and I’m sure other parts. It’s going to be an amazing day when DOMA is overturned! :)

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          2. Funny, Lumi, you have no commence sense I know of. You seem quite stupid and insular.

            Tell you what, why not give us one of those classic boo-hoo stories you’re so good at. Maybe one as to why no one likes you and you can’t figure out why, eh?

  10. “immigration rights to spouses”

    I wish more people would talk about this specific issue because no one seems to understand how difficult it is for binational gay couples. Individual states who allow gay marriage have absolutely no bearing on whether my partner can get a visa.

    1. I wish it was talked about more too. If you’re in a state that allows same sex marriage (has or recognizes it) then your marriage should be treated as equal to a heterosexual marriage by law. In every state it should be equal though. It’s one of the many reasons that DOMA needs to be overturned.

    2. I agree. The US government is actively in the business of breaking families apart when it comes to DOMA. Sounds like hyperbole but it’s sadly accurate. Little is said about the families, many with children, seeing their mother or father taken away by officers. It’s a minority within a minority at the sharp end of this federal law. Unfortunately most don’t understand the federal and state difference with law often replying, “what about moving to New York?” Or they go off about foreigners stealing jobs when it is no different to bi-national heterosexual marriages. It’s the most heartbreaking but least talked about affect of DOMA and I feel sorry for all those holding their families together.

  11. DOMA, in defining marriage as ‘a legal union of one man and one woman as husband and wife,’ outlaws many federal benefits, most crucially joint tax returns and immigration rights to spouses. This, Judge Wilkens declared, was ‘a burdensome legislation that is the product of sheer anti-gay animus, and devoid of any legitimate governmental purpose,’

    This is relevant to the anti-gay Coalition for Marriage, I hope the UK government takes note of the sheer anti-gay animus that is in reality the driving force behind C4M

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 26 May 2012, 7:01pm

      Yes indeed there is relevance to th C4M petition, already over 527,000 signatures compared to only 57,727 for C4EM. I wonder how that will be viewed once the consultation winds down? I just hope Lynne Featherstone doesn’t conclude that C4M represents the broader view of the British public considering that the opposition are getting a lot more coverage in certain areas of the media. It is crucial that she sees it as virulent anti-gay animus, nothing more.

  12. Great to see one step closer to the repeal of DOMA.

    One step closer to real equality.

    One step closer to supporting families.

    One step closer to pushing bigotry to the realms of history books.

    One step closer to society demonstrating fairness and integrity.

  13. Gay activist Paul Mitchell 27 May 2012, 5:11am

    Because of a Clinton-era 1996 signed law called DOMA, gay couples are missing out on 1,147 rights, benefits, obligations and entitlements and that they are entitled to!

    Time to get out on to the streets with a cupboard sign saying and quoting out loud:

    “Hey hey ho ho, unconstitutional DOMA has got to go!”

    [Repeat]

    DOMA is cruel, outdated, unconstitutional and bigoted. DOMA needs to be repealed and DOMA should never have been introduced in the first place!

  14. The final repeal of this abhorrence should be retroactive.

  15. GingerlyColors 28 May 2012, 7:29pm

    Next stop, the overturning of Proposition 8.

  16. We need more Judges to follow in her sensible footsteps!

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