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Legal Win for D.C. Marriage Equality

January 20, 2011

District of Columbia


It can sometimes feel a little awkward to celebrate a victory achieved by something not happening. But even though the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear a challenge to D.C.’s marriage-equality law was a legal matter delivered with no fanfare or comment, it deserves a full celebration by everyone in the city, regardless of their orientation.

Well, perhaps Rev. Harry Jackson — the man who relentlessly pursued his crusade against equality until running up against the Supreme Court — won’t be celebrating. And the masterminds behind the [Mormon] National Organization for Marriage, Maggie Gallagher and Brian Brown, won’t be breaking out the bubbly either.

For the rest of us, though, particularly the activists and couples who pursued this for years and made it reality, it’s pretty sweet.

To me, the sweetest part — aside from the actual equality — is the defeat of the idea that ”voting rights” means everyone should get to vote on every aspect of their fellow citizens’ lives. This was always a ludicrous position, especially given the fact that the anti-gay forces of Jackson and [Mormon] NOM were unable to defeat in the last election any of the City Council members who voted for the marriage amendment.

via Across the Threshold: The legal victory for D.C. marriage equality is a time to celebrate, and look forward to other challenges: Opinion section: Metro Weekly magazine, Washington, DC newspaper.

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