Last week, the United States Supreme Court struck down the portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that defined marriage as between only one man and one woman. When it was in place, this section of DOMA meant that from the federal government’s point of view, only marriages between a man and a woman …
When it comes to social justice, referenda are frequently on the wrong side of history. Putting fundamental rights up for debate by an unaffected majority is an ugly, ugly precedent.
“And statistics are, you know, that – that poor people haven’t tried eating cake yet. At weddings, they serve cake. So marriage, it can, it can provide that cake to them.”
News outlets and activists have been trumpeting loudly over two recent court rulings against the constitutionality of provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act, making it appear to the casual reader as if the statute is on its last legs. But the truth is far more complicated.
Unfortunately, the focus on marriage in Australia recently has obscured the deficiencies in some areas of LGBT rights in more urgent need of attention.