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From Prop 8 to DOMA, Same-Sex Marriage Is on the Move February 22nd, 2012
From Prop 8 to DOMA, Same-Sex Marriage Is on the Move

Same-sex marriage has had quite the eventful past few weeks.

On February 7, the infamous Proposition 8 in California was ruled unconstitutional in a federal appeals court. To the great surprise of no one, supporters of Prop 8 (making marriage solely between a man and a woman) have contested the decision to repeal, and the decision is now facing appeal.

On February 13, Washington state governor Chris Gregoire signed the bill legalizing same-sex marriage in her state. A referendum has been filed, and if the amount of needed signatures is reached, the issue will be put on the ballot in the fall.

On February 17, Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey vetoed a bill that would legalize gay marriage in his state. He believes an issue this large should be decided by the people. I do not stand alone when I say that the rights of the minority should never be left to the tyranny of the majority, but then again I am not an elected official.

In even more recent news, A U.S. District Court in California just decided Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional in the case Golinski v. Office of Personnel Management. Karen Golinski fought for the rights of her wife to receive the health benefits which were denied to her, and U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey S. White decided that Section 3 of DOMA (the definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman) violates her equal protection rights.



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