The herculean efforts of the LGBT community to bring about BIG change is being seen everywhere. Change is happening almost too fast for us to keep up!
Who would have thought that the Pentagon would host Gay Pride events as was announced this week?
“Now that we’ve repealed `don’t ask, don’t tell,’ he (Defense Secretary Leon Panetta) feels it’s important to find a way this month to recognize the service and professionalism of gay and lesbian troops,” said Navy Capt. John Kirby, a spokesman.
Or that the NAACP would support gay rights as civil rights as was announced last week?
Or that the President and Vice President of the United States would openly support gay marriage?
Or that the Conservative Jewish Movement would acknowledge that same sex marriages have “the same sense of holiness and joy as that expressed in heterosexual marriages” according to the vote by the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly. The goal of the Movement is for members of the LGBT community to be fully included in all things Jewish. “Visibility of LGBT people as individuals and couples makes us stronger as a Jewish community,” according to Rabbi Aaron Weininger.
Or that, as happened this week, Anita Alvarez, the Illinois Cook County State Attorney,
would concede that her state’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional?
Or that the issue of the constitutionality of same-sex marriage would find its way before the United States Supreme Court in the not too distant future? While not formally accepted, legal scholars around the country are confident the court will now do so.
And, of course, there’s the notion that, according to legal scholars, there is a real possibility for a repeal of DOMA — the “Defense of Marriage Act,” a federal law signed by President Bill Clinton which states that a gay marriage recognized in one state does not have to be recognized in another state.
This pride month is certainly one for the record books as far as the advancement of equality is concerned!
Ellen S. Fischer of the Law Office of Ellen S. Fischer has been working closely with individuals and families throughout the greater Philadelphia region for more than 20 years. Ellen received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University and returned to earn a Juris Doctor degree from the Temple University School of Law. Ellen serves on a number of leadership committees and is a member of Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia (GALLOP). In addition to LGBTQ services, Ellen's practice areas are family law and personal injury.