A total of 54 LGBT and immigration advocacy groups are teaming up to make a renewed call on the Obama administration to take action on behalf of bi-national same-sex couples in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to take up litigation challenging DOMA.
This is the story of Edie and Anthony, two people destined to be together. Edie Windsor, an IBMer with a master’s in math, married Dr. Thea Spyer, a clinical psychologist, in 2007 in Toronto after a 40-year engagement. In ’09 Spyer died from MS and left a considerable estate to her longtime love.
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review state and federal legislation that currently limits the fundamental right to marry to heterosexuals. The court now has the opportunity to overturn these laws, and right a great wrong on discrimination because of sexual orientation.
Evan Wolfson: "Proponents of same-sex marriage had good reason to celebrate last week; the Supreme Court announced that it could restore the freedom to marry in California and end federal discrimination against the marriages celebrated by same-sex couples in the nine states (along with the District of Columbia) that have the freedom to marry.
In a letter on Monday to the White House, more than 50 gay rights and immigrant advocacy groups asked President Obama to put a hold on immigration cases involving Americans seeking legal residency visas for foreign-born spouses of the same sex, until the Supreme Court issues a significant ruling on gay marriage next year.
The arc of the moral universe is long, said abolitionist Theodore Parker. “My eye reaches but little ways. . . . And from what I see I am sure it bends toward justice.” But few advocates of social change — in Parker’s time or ours — act as though justice really is inevitable.
House Republican leaders had a uniform response to the Supreme Court’s decision to take up marriage: silence.
The high court’s decision last week to hear two cases relating to marriage equality puts that issue at the center of the national debate. And it does so at an exceedingly awkward time for Republicans, many of whom are trying to downplay or moderate their party’s views on social issues to chart a path back to electoral success.
Now that the Supreme Court has signaled its willingness to address the same-sex marriage question by deciding to hear two cases, everyone is trying to figure out what the end result might mean. Until that happens we’re all groping in the dark.