Today, the California Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about whether Proposition 8 should be overturned and whether the marriages of 18,000 same-sex couples that occurred last year in California are still valid. This critical ruling can come any time in the next 90 days.
In this important date, we would like to offer three perspectives about work going on about marriage equality (and we fully acknowledge that there are other issues, beyond marriage, that are important to the LGBT community).
- Where are we on marriage equality? Are we in a standstill given the defeats in the ballot box last November? Evan Wolfson, the founder of Freedom to Marry and a well-respected strategist for marriage equality, actually believes that we are in a New Era. He predicts that three or four states will pass marriage equality through their legislatures in 2009. You can read more about Evan Wolfson's perspective on the future of marriage equality.
- There has been lots of controversy about GLAD litigating DOMA at Bilerico and elsewhere, but it is worth reading the actual thoughts of the team litigating the case as well as the realities of couples who are married but the federal government refuses to recognize it. If you want to read the perspective of the GLAD Legal Team litigating DOMA, as well as the background of one of the couples involved, this is a good article.
- There is an interesting perspective from a gay man, Frank Ferri, who because of his interest in marriage equality, campaigned and won a seat in the Rhode Island legislature. You can read his perspective and strategy to achieve marriage equality in Rhode Island.
We hope that you find these perspectives useful.