The Supremes: What Love Has to Do With It
It seems as if almost every week we have some significant development in the journey toward LGBT equality to report. This won’t go on forever, of course, but in truth these are good times to be engaged in the cause.
This week, there is an unusual (until now at least) item that shows promise for future gains—and is in itself a gain right now.
POFEV has joined Equality Virginia and equality organizations in 23 “red” states in support of an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief with the United States Supreme Court in two cases that soon will be argued before the justices. The cases are: Hollingsworth v. Perry (the Prop 8 Case from CA) and United States v. Windsor (the case involving the repeal of DOMA, the so-called Defense of Marriage Act). In this case, “red state” does not necessarily mean states that voted for Mitt Romney, but rather states where legislatures and other state leaders are hostile to LGBT equality and rights.
Our alliance across these states is an important antidote to the bigoted amici curiae briefs already filed with the Supreme Court: 16 states, including Virginia, joined the multi-state brief filed in support of DOMA in “Windsor.” Likewise, 20 states, again including Virginia, asked the Court to uphold Prop 8 in ”Perry.”