DOMA-Tragedy or Triumph?

gty_gay_marriage_rally_ll_130627_4x3t_384 This weeks Supreme Court decision repealing the Defense of Marriage Act was a historical moment for the nation. In a 5-4 ruling, the court said that the federal law, signed by President Clinton, was unconstitutional and that those gay couples married in states where gay marriage was legal would now have their marriages recognized by the federal government.

This drew celebration across the nation as thousands of people both gay and straight celebrated in cities all across America. However, not everyone was happy with the court’s decision. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops called it a “tragic day for America.”

I, personally, believe that who you love is between you and the person you’re in love with. Government has no businesses telling us who we can love and who we can’t. In that sense, I am a strong supporter of marriage equality and applaud the ruling which will make literally over 1000 federal benefits available to married gay couples across New York and other states.

But what do you think? Was the DOMA ruling a tragedy or triumph for America?

2 thoughts on “DOMA-Tragedy or Triumph?

  1. Striking down DOMA was a triumph for America. Here is one example why.

    The decision puts us on the road to giving full benefits to same sex couples in military service. The lack of these benefits to the loved ones of those who put their lives on the line for their country is a tragedy and a national embarrassment.

    I hope that the decision means that the discrimination will end where same sex couples are legally married (by marrying in state that honors equality in marriage).

    The absurdity of having some same sex spouses have spousal medical coverage and death benefits and some same sex couple have no spousal coverage will, I hope, lead to more change in marriage laws.

    Also, whenever the opposition is based on biblical interpretation – and many religious leaders do not find opposition to same sex marriage in the Bible – it is a time to step back and remember why Jefferson wanted a “high wall of separation between church and state.” No one should be permitted to force their religious beliefs on others in the “land of the free.”

    Striking down DOMA will not compel anyone to marry someone they don’t want to marry. Those who call same sex marriage an abomination don’t have to enter into a same sex marriage.

    Have you ever heard laws against murder, burglary, theft, fraud, etc. being defended because “murder, etc. is an abomination?”

    No, because we don’t need the Bible to tell us they are wrong.

    We don’t need the Bible to tell us that equality for all is right.

    And we should not let the opposition based on biblical interpretation by various groups sway us from the path toward equality for all.

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