Facebook has gone Valentine’s Day red this week as Americans show their support for marriage equality while the U.S. Supreme Court hears the Proposition 8 and federal Defense of Marriage Act cases.
The Congressional delegation from Massachusetts has not missed this opportunity to reiterate their unequivocal support for the right of loving, committed same-sex couples to marry. One Massachusetts GOP senatorial hopeful has even joined in. Here is what I found this morning on Facebook:
It’s time to end the two-tiered system created by the Defense of Marriage Act and let everyone – everyone – marry the person they love.
In 2004 I rallied on the steps of the Massachusetts State House in support of same-sex marriage and I was proud when Massachusetts became the first state to recognize marriage equality. Americans, regardless of where they live, should have the ability to live an authentic life and have their monogamous, long-term relationships recognized and celebrated. As SCOTUS begins deliberating on Prop. 8 and DOMA this week, I urge them to remember that our nation is stronger when we expand rights, not when we limit them.
It’s not up to your government to tell you who you can or cannot love. An historic week in the Supreme Court – urging them to uphold true marriage equality once and for all.
Earlier today, Ed spoke at MassEquality’s rally to repeal DOMA & Proposition 8 at Government Center in Boston. Like and share this photo if you agree with Ed’s message of equality for everyone.
Today the Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding California’s Proposition 8, which enshrined discrimination in California’s constitution. Tomorrow, they’ll hear arguments on whether to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). As a longtime supporter of LGBT rights and the right to marry, I sincerely hope our Supreme Court justices realize that marriage discrimination has no place in America and that they rule accordingly.
Stephen proudly supports equality for the LGBT community, and has cosponsored a bill to repeal DOMA. Watch the video below to hear more from Stephen on his support for equal rights.
Washington, DC – Below is a statement from Rep. William Keating regarding the oral arguments before the Supreme Court challenging California’s Proposition 8 and the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.
In the 1967 opinion for the seminal case Loving v. Virginia, the US Supreme Court stated that ‘marriage is one of the “basic civil rights of man,” fundamental to our very existence and survival.’ Almost half a century later, it is time for the Court to live up to its own words.
California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act are the opposite of our American ideals. If the Supreme Court denies same-sex couples the fundamental right to marry, it will fly in the face of many years of legal precedents upholding equality for all as well as everything our country is founded on.
Marriage is a commitment between two adults and no other man nor institution should be able to interfere with that commitment. Now is the time to finally declare that all men and women in this country are truly equal by striking down marriage inequality.
One of the three Republicans competing with Democrats Rep. Stephen Lynch and Rep. Ed Markey for the senate seat recently vacated by John Kerry, Dan Winslow, posted this message in support of marriage equality:
RT@bostonpride: “If denying equal rights is not wrong then nothing is wrong” @danwinslow #DumpDOMA http://t.co/zwYqkbR5t6” #masen
Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Gabriel Gomez, although supportive of marriage equality, hasn’t mentioned the court cases on Facebook. Neither has Mike Sullivan, the frontrunner among the GOP candidates, who is known to have a bias problem.