The US media and Leftist groups are celebrating the United States Supreme Court decision today which struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that defined marriage according to age-old tradition as a heterosexual union. This comes despite the fact most States have recently codified the traditional definition of marriage. Liz Halloran covers the story for NPR:
“Striking down DOMA is a great step forward, obviously,” says Ari Ezra Waldman, legal editor at Towleroad, a widely read LGBT-oriented website, “but there will be difficult complications to work out.”
The court’s decision does not embrace a national constitutional right to same-sex marriage, but would make married gay couples living in states where their unions are legal eligible for federal benefits already enjoyed by married heterosexual Americans.
Those include considerations given to spouses in realms ranging from public employee benefits and bankruptcy to estate taxes and immigration.
The DOMA case decided by the high court involved a claim by a New York woman, who on the death of her legal same-sex spouse, paid $363,000 more in federal estate taxes than would have been collected from a heterosexual surviving spouse.
“Legally married couples in states that allow same-sex marriage are good to go,” says Fred Sainz of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay advocacy organization. “The court’s decision will be final in 25 days, and they should start seeing all the same federal rights and benefits.”
“Where this becomes tricky is for the legally married couple in non-marry states,” Sainz says.
Twelve states and the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage; the Supreme Court on Wednesday also effectively made California the 13th state with legal same-sex marriage by rejecting a high court challenge to a lower court-ordered right.
Though one-third of all Americans now live in states and jurisdictions that allow same-sex marriage, a vast majority of states have enacted outright constitutional bans on gay marriage.
In a telling sign that the USA is well beyond reform at this point the US National Cathedral, along with other churches in Washington, DC, rang its bells today to celebrate homosexual marriage. Hunter Wallace at Occidental Dissent calls it an ‘exclamation point on this failed experiment’ called the United States of America. Governor Dannel Malloy of the Northern State of Connecticut has raised the rainbow flag at the governor’s mansion to celebrate the US victory over traditional Christian marriage.
Christians and traditionalists are refusing to go along with the United States Federal Government though. Jean Paul Zapata writes for Gay Star News:
US Christian groups have come together in writing to preemptively proclaim their refusal to recognize marriage equality. In a letter published online, The Freedom Federation, who boast ‘Real hope, Real change, Real freedom,’ promise to ignore the Supreme Court’s ruling if it changes the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples. The letter was co-drafted by Mathew Staver, chairman of legal ministry Liberty Counsel Action, who has said that gay marriage will lead to polygamy and civil war.
…The two-page letter concludes with a warning not to test the groups by legalizing gay marriage. Seven pages of anti-gay conservative Christian’s signatures end with the statement: ‘Make no mistake about our resolve. While there are many things we can endure, redefining marriage is so fundamental to the natural order and the true common good that this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross.’
Well, the Federal Government has indeed crossed the line. Will this be the final straw for conservatives and traditionalists, especially in the South? Or will they acquiesce as they did to forced integration, government-promoted miscegenation, bans on prayer in school, abortion, Third World demographic displacement and a host of other decisions which have turned traditional society upon its head?
It’s more than clear where Progressive USA is headed. It’s not too late to take a different course. According to polls, millions of Southerners support independence from the present system. Today’s decision by Washington, DC will surely add to this number.