As I’m sure you know on Wednesday the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) overturned DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) and refused to hear any arguments in appeal of a lower court’s decision that California’s Prop. 8 was unconstitutional.
I knew that SCOTUS was going to rule on these two cases and I expected that if the Court ruled as they did that I would be very excited. But, on Wednesday, as the rulings came down, I was pleased but not excited.
I thought that getting my Civil Rights piecemeal would be okay but, as it turns out it’s frustrating. Although I will very soon be able to marry here in the State of California and even though the Federal Government is bound to recognize any such marriage, my marriage would be a prisoner of California and thirteen other States and the District of Columbia and five Tribal Jurisdictions.
If I married and my wife and I decided to take a train trip across the country, our marriage would not exist once we left California and crossed into Nevada. And, it wouldn’t be recognized again until we reached one of the Northeastern States that same gender marriage is legal.
So, as others celebrate these court ruling as a victory, to me the rulings are not enough. I won’t be satisfied until I have the same rights as every other tax-paying American.
I suppose I’m just hard to please.