There has been a flurry of excitement all over social media today regarding the opinion released by the Supreme Court - essentially deeming DOMA unconstitutional. To commemorate this event - I thought I’d do something out of the ordinary for HYIW… post pictures of real people…..
Meet Travis and Mark. Travis and Mark fell in love while in undergrad, supported each other while one attended medical school and the other law school, and had a commitment ceremony back in 2011. You can feel their love for each other just by being in their presence. And now I share their love with you. I am overjoyed at what happened today, and that despite the haters that are out there - the government has recognized that what they have is real.
Love you Mark and Travis!
Photograph - copyright belongs to Chris Hensel.
"The class to which DOMA directs its restrictions and restraints are those persons who are joined in same-sex marriages made lawful by the State. DOMA singles out a class of persons deemed by a State entitled to recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty. It imposes a disability on the class by refusing to acknowledge a status the State finds to be dignified and proper. DOMA instructs… all federal officials, and indeed all persons with whom same-sex couples interact, including their own children, that their marriage is less worthy than the marriages of others. The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and to injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity. By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others, the federal statute is in violation of the Fifth Amendment.”