This week is already proving to be a historic one in Washington D.C., starting today when the Supreme Court heard arguments that could strike down California’s ban on same-sex marriage and recognize the right for everyone to be married.
The ruling could potentially extend the right to marry same-sex couples in all fifty states, but Justice Kennedy, a conservative who is viewed as most likely to provide the fifth vote for equality, decided it was premature to decide on a vote.
According to ThinkProgress:
[He] openly pondered whether Prop 8 violates the Constitution’s ban on gender discrimination. Kennedy at one point admitted uncertainty about whether there is sufficient evidence examining the effect of marriage equality on society, but he then pivoted to note that the nearly 40,000 children raised by gay parents in California suffer “immediate legal injury” because of Prop 8.
No decision was made today, but on Wednesday, the court will challenge the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a move that could end the federal government’s practice of denying equal benefits to couples who are legally married under state law.
So, if you can imagine…this is big news! And the supporters of gay marriage (and even some pretty passionate opponents) are out in full-force in Washington D.C. to get their point across.
Didn’t get a chance to see how poppin’ Washington was today? No worries, we’ve got you covered!
Who said we couldn’t get married? John Lewis (L) and Stuart Gaffney show off their love in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. Who doesn’t love a paper heart?
Sea of love! Equal rights supporters gather in front of the Supreme Court as justices hear arguments about California’s gay marriage ban.
WERK! A New York drag performer Queen prances and dances in front of protestors from Westboro Baptist Church.
The New American Family! Rev. Rebecca Voelkel, partner Maggie George, and their daughter Shannon Voelkel take part in a demonstration in front of the Supreme Court. Lovely!
You said it well, sister!
Do we hear wedding bells?! Andrea Grill and Lee Ann Hopkins celebrate with a kiss after becoming engaged during a rally outside of the U.S Supreme Court.
He gives us LIFE!!!
Like Sweet Brown said…
And lastly, these supporters who don’t really care how Pope Francis feels about gay marriage!
Rock on guys! The fight isn’t over, but we’re here with you the whole way.
SOURCE: Getty | ThinkProgress