DOMA Found Unconstitutional
post updated on June 27, 2013
June 26, 2013 is an historic day!
The "Defense of Marriage Act" has been found unconstitutional. Prop 8 was dismissed on standing, meaning that the lower court rulings will stand and marriage equality will return to California!
GayWeddings.com would like to aknowledge its visionary leader, straight mom, Gretchen Hamm, who founded this company believing that same-sex couples deserve equal support and equal rights!
The Human Rights Campaign says, "Lawfully-married couples living in marriage equality states will soon have equal access to all the federal rights and benefits based on marital status. For married couples living in states without marriage equality, there is less clarity. Even with DOMA out of the way, different federal programs have different rules that determine where an agency looks to decide if a marriage is valid – either place of celebration or place of residence. Most of these rules are policies, regulations or simply practices that the Obama Administration can change through existing processes to ensure that married same-sex couples, wherever they may live, have access to the federal rights and benefits they deserve. Under the current rules and practices, a lawfully-married same-sex couple living in a state that does not recognize their marriage will have access to some federal rights and benefits, but may not have access to many others, depending on how the court rules.
What a day! What a joyful day for our country! Love prevails!
Wedding innovator Kathryn Hamm (@madebykathryn) is co-author of The New Art of Capturing Love: The Essential Guide to Lesbian & Gay Wedding Photography (Amphoto Books, 2014), an Education Expert for WeddingWire and Publisher of GayWeddings.com