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Prop 8 and DOMA
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We've heard/watched the rulings on Prop 8 and DOMA. As my friends and I waited for the rulings to come down and listened to the subsequent commentary afterward, one question bubbled to the surface:

Why can't we as a nation pass a law that says that discrimination against any group, whatever the category, is illegal? Why do we slice and dice justice, hiding behind legalese and the niceties of parsed language?

Anyway, back to today's SCOTUS rulings: DOMA was a big win, the Prop 8 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit was vacated, because it would have affected other states in addition to California.

So Prop 8 is struck down, and DOMA also. People in California can marry, no matter their orientation. Progress in human rights is always welcome, though it comes in incremental steps (and those left out--well, too bad for them some would say. They cry for justice? Let them move to California).

What do we want?
When do we want it?

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