AT ONE POINT (in the counter culture) WE DIDN’T GIVE A RAT’S ASS ABOUT MARRIAGE. NOW, WE ALL WANT TO INHERIT CLOTHES FROM ELTON JOHN….
The US supreme court justices strongly challenged a federal law banning recognition of same-sex marriages as discriminatory, motivated by prejudice and diminishing the power of individual states to regulate marriage. Baby I’m amazed ! Are you?
On the second day of historic hearings about gay unions (no pun intended), the 1996 Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) was left facing an uncertain future. The court’s usual swing vote on social issues, Justice Anthony Kennedy, aligned with the four liberal judges to strongly question the legitimacy of the law and the authority of the federal government to impose a definition of marriage as only between a man and a woman on those US states which permit same-sex unions. The law prevents same-sex spouses from receiving federal benefits, tax breaks and some legal protections.
Kennedy bolstered the expectations of Doma’s opponents by emphasizing his concerns that the law intrudes on the rights of individual states to recognize gay marriages. I wonder…
“When it has 1,100 laws, which in our society means that the federal government is intertwined with [its] citizens’ day-to-day lives, you are at real risk of running in conflict with what has always been thought to be the essence of the state police power, which is to regulate marriage, divorce and custody,” he said.
The challenge to Doma was brought by Edith Windsor, who was married to Thea Spyer in Canada in 2007. The couple lived in New York, where their marriage was recognized by the state government. But when Spyer died in 2009, the federal government invoked Doma to force Windsor, who is now 83 and in poor health, to pay $363,000 in taxes on her late wife’s estate – a charge she would have been exempt from had she been married to a man. Isn’t that warped! Isn’t that the ultimate insult?
Once upon a time – when we wanted to destroy the establishment and its values, marriage was the number one item on the list. I’m just going over my checklist of values here, wondering when the day will come (because it will come!) when the old status quo will have a huge laugh at our expense, our protesters, our poets, beatniks and beautiful pop culture.