Waiting for history to happen

all-rights-for-allThe Supreme Court will vote on Proposition 8 and DOMA tomorrow, both landmark cases affecting same-sex marriage rights. Here are a few resources if you haven’t been keeping up:

  • This SCOTUSblog post summarizes the cases, the issues, the implications, and the stated or assumed positions of the Supreme Court justices, in plain(ish) English. Start here.
  • The New York Times shared this chart of the possible decisions available to the Supreme Court and the ensuing ramifications.
  • Most informative: this interactive map, also created by The New York Times, which shows how the possible decisions on each case will affect the various states (i.e. if DOMA passes and Prop 8 is struck down, what happens? [answer: the states with same-sex marriage would keep it, those unions would now be recognized by the federal government.])
  • PolicyMic‘s examination of the authority invoked by SCOTUS to hear these cases
  • CNNMoney‘s analysis of the economic repercussions of passing DOMA.
  • And finally, a few reasons why you should support same sex marriage. This one is my favorite:

    Fosters True Freedom of Religion

    Freedom of religion allows a person or group to pursue the practice of their religion without governmental interference. It also protects those who do not follow a religion by shielding them from being forced to live in accordance with religious beliefs and values they do not agree with. The legalization of same-sex marriage is consistent with freedom of religion in that it removes from marriage laws religious notions that may have initially shaped those laws.

    There is no hierarchy of religions in a society which truly honors freedom of religion. Accordingly, the religious views of no one particular group should be given preference in the development of marriage laws. While some religions don’t support same-sex marriage, others certainly do support it. The most fair and ethical approach — which treats all people equally regardless of religious affiliation — is to factor out religious points of view when crafting marriage laws within a secular context.

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