It’s getting better


(Front page of a newspaper in Leeuwarden in March 2013. The article was just existing quotes from celebrities such as Justin Timberlake, Madonna and Betty White in support of gay marriage.)

When I wrote this yesterday, I was a little excited. I realize now that the rulings are a mixed blessing; they didn’t change much for our friends in Texas, for example.  That said, it’s a victory – hopefully there are more to come. (Update: two years later, on June 26, 2015: the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage nationwide.)

At the beginning of the year, Manon and I attended a Sex Symposium at Southwestern in Georgetown, TX (a Symposium with benefits). Dan Savage was one of the speakers, and he was asked if he thought DOMA would be struck down. He said no – partly because he was crushed by the Bowers verdict when he was younger, but also because (I’m paraphrasing) “I’m a Catholic, and we fear for the worst”. I thought it was strange, because I attribute that trait to Midwesterners, not Catholics. As a Midwesterner, I have always feared the worst, because if that doesn’t happen, I’m relieved/elated. It’s a conservative, pragmatic and exhausting way to be. However, I suck at this strategy when something’s very important to me. (Importance > stiff upper lip?) I’ve been waiting for this day like it’s Christmas, and I have been hopeful. Today, I wasn’t disappointed. Today, like Andrew Sullivan said, “is a transformative day”, and it’s a wonderful, happy and absolutely incredible day.

Here’s a montage of tweets, photos, etc, Enjoy:


United States v Windsor and Hollingsworth v Perry in “Plain English”

The live feed from Scotusblog captured the buildup before the 10 am EST announcement:


We have the 5 minute buzzer!

Comment From E. Snowden

I already know the results.

Quote of the day – Andrew Sullivan calling Scalia’s dissent an “operetta of dyspepsia”. (Andrew’s blog is worth checking out – most of the tweets below are from there.)


While we celebrate the DOMA & Prop 8 decisions—and we have cause to celebrate—let’s recall what SCOTUS did yesterday to voting rights. #VRA

And so did I, Mike. “@GovMikeHuckabee: My thoughts on the SCOTUS ruling that determined that same sex marriage is okay: “Jesus wept.””

Exec. Dir. Rachel Tiven & Policy Director Julie Kruse celebrate victory for your families at Supreme Court. YES!

Just married like 17 dogs. What?! YOU WERE WARNED.

Justice Kennedy’s opinion striking down DOMA uses the word “dignity” 9 times

Chants outside : “DOMA is dead!”

Edith Windsor joins the pantheon of great Supreme Court litigants who secured rights for everyone.

And of course, Edie Windsor herself:


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