… and the DOMA goes down!

As of 10AM eastern, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. And there’s a party in Stonewall.

Here’s the ruling (pdf). Analysis is trickling in. Right now all the court watcher are agog at Scalia’s dissent, where he argues that this is extending judicial power too far. Apparently some of the principles set out in the VRA case had a lifespan of less than 24 hours.

  • UrsaMinor

    We’re miles ahead of where we were just two years ago, but I still get an instant and unwilling divorce every time I cross the border into Pennsylvania. The decisions handed down by the SCOTUS today very carefully avoided visiting the issue of state’s rights.

    Seems to me that very soon we’re going to have to have a national conversation on the meaning of the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the Constitution.

    • kessy_athena

      We’re still fighting, Ursa. It’s only a matter of time.

      Unfortunately I doubt Pennsylvania will be in the vanguard anytime soon. Our state government is incredibly corrupt, incompetent, and undemocratic. Personally, I’d really have liked to see the VRA extended so PA would need federal approval to change election rules, too.

    • Mogg

      Unfortunately The Land of Oz’s parliament took time out from playing musical chairs last week to formally make sure you’re not married here, either. :-(