“With these details, both the hospital’s and police’s actions seem more suspect, not less. At the foundation of the story remains the fact that Roger and Allen’s relationship was treated as inferior. Because they did not have a state-recognized marriage, they were regarded as legal strangers despite even having set up the available legal protections for each other. Roger, in turn, was subjected not just to discrimination but police brutality and legal consequences. This tragic story speaks volumes about the consequences of continuing to deny same-sex couples the right to marry and how they continue to be treated as second-class citizens. Notably, not one conservative organization has mentioned this story since it broke.”
— What Actually Happened To That Same-Sex Couple In The Missouri Hospital | ThinkProgress
Senators Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Donnelly, who both hail from deeply red states, announced their support this week for marriage equality. If these two freshman senators from North Dakota and Indiana can stand on the right side of history, so can the few remaining Democratic hold outs in the Senate.
We are now down to the final four Democrats in the Senate who are standing on the wrong side of history on marriage equality: Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Tim Johnson of South Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Mark Pryor of Arkansas. They need to hear from us now.
— The final four anti-equality Democrats in the Senate | CREDO Action
Donald Verrilli Jr., the U.S. solicitor general arguing on the side of same-sex marriage, told the justices, “There is a cost to waiting.” He recalled that the argument by opponents of interracial marriage in Loving v. Virginia in 1967 was to delay because “the social science is still uncertain about how biracial children will fare in this world.”
The wisdom of the Warren court is reflected two miles away, where a biracial child is faring pretty well in his second term in the Oval Office.
The American Academy of Pediatrics last week announced its support for same-sex marriage, citing evidence that children of gays and lesbians do better when the couples marry.
— Courting Cowardice on Same-Sex Marriage - NYTimes.com
“As the nation’s most prominent church, the decision carries huge symbolism. The 106-year-old cathedral has long been a spiritual center for the nation, hosting presidential inaugural services and funerals for Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his last sermon there in 1968. The cathedral draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.”
— Gay Marriage Victory: Washington National Cathedral To Perform Same-Sex Weddings (via huffingtonpost)