Hello dear readers, I thought perhaps you and I should sit down for a friendly little educational chat about some of the more scandalous gay news of the day. No, unfortunately Perez Hilton hasn’t decided to get a sex change yet (I really wish he would, it might soften his acid tongue) I am talking, lovely reader, about the US Defense Of Marriage Act. Now as my loyal readers are no doubt aware, I happen to be a Canadian with a bad habit of keeping up with (and voicing my opinion on) the latest news from the gay rights movement across the border. However this little gem is something that I haven’t thought of in a long time. It only recently returned to the forefront of my attention once again when I stumbled upon a post about it on one of my favorite blogs Life Within The Rainbow.  So I thought today we should have a little peek at DOMA, what it represents, and a loudmouth Canadian tranny’s view of it.

For those of you that are unaware of DOMA, (get the hell out from under that rock!) here’s the skinny Wikipedia-style:

“The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is a United States federal law that defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman. The law passed both houses of Congress by large majorities and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on September 21, 1996. Under the law, no U.S. state or political subdivision is required to recognize a same-sex marriage treated as a marriage in another state. Section 3 of DOMA codifies the non-recognition of same-sex marriage for all federal purposes, including insurance benefits for government employees, Social Security survivors’ benefits, and the filing of joint tax returns.”

Uh-huh. Canadian Perspective #1 – The US has a “fuck you gay people” law thanks to that dingbat Clinton….disappointing to see the stone age hasn’t died yet, but not unexpected. 

Alright, so it wasn’t enough to simply not hand out marriage certificates to “the gays” the US government was in such a panic about gay marriage that they had to write a law directly banning it?! (Seriously? where’s my dose of these incredible superpowers of conversion the right wing is so scared of? They could be useful in finding a date) Well it was Clinton after all, he was probably just trying to impress Monica with his “tough stance on crime” Canadian Perspective #2 – Bill Clinton is, was and always shall be, an idiot

Now I know that gay marriages are granted by six US states (because I have personally let out whoops of joy all six times) and are recognized by a handful of others, but to be honest I haven’t a clue how these states manage it considering the blanket of idiocy that is DOMA. If any of you lovely readers out there have knowledge of  how this works PLEASE leave a comment in the section below so that I might become more educated on the infernal mess that is US pro-gay/anti-gay law. 

Now we come to the important part dear readers, because, despite the despotic Clinton’s attempt to crush the hopes and dreams of so many, a light is finally showing at the end of the tunnel of oppression. Canadian Perspective #3 – “The times they are a changin” – even in the most backwards of places

DOMA is getting its ass kicked in the courts.

An organization called Lambada Legal has raised a court case on behalf of one Karen Golinski who made the apparently grievous error of wanting her wife to recieve the spousal health benefits offered by her employer, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco (wait a minute…..this woman works for the goverment in San Fransisco?!?! And she STILL can’t get a fair shake? Bloody ridiculous) The case was heard by Judge Alex Kozinski who ruled that to deny Golinski and her wife the benefits due them under Golinski’s benefits package violated the Ninth Circuit’s anti-discrimination policy. The Office Of Personal Management (OPM) turned around, cited DOMA and other laws regarding dispersal of federal employee benefits and told the insurer not to enroll Golinski’s wife! Canadian Perspective #4 – Worst political move EVER…gays are used to having to have courts mandate our rights on a situational basis but really? After the fight was done and the rights granted, you dummies say no again? That is an instantaneous invitation to a gay death match right there. 

Karen Golinski’s battle to gain equal rights for her wife has now entered its third year (God, I feel for you Karen, stay strong sweetheart) but over the intervening 36 months the focus has shifted somewhat.

Lambada Legal went right for DOMA’s throat.

On April 14 2011 Lambada Legal filed an amended complaint alleging DOMA unconstitutional. On February 22, 2012 Judge Jeffrey White declared that DOMA was indeed unconstitutional as applied to Karen Golinski. (WHOOOOOO!!!) Of course the appeals were immediate and we do not yet know the result that will arise from them, but what we do know is that thanks to the bravery of Karen Golinski, DOMA done got punched smack in its oppressive kisser.

And that’s not the only smack its recieved. In Massachusetts, in Boston, in Connecticut, in Vermont, in New Hampshire and in New York, gay rights fighters and organizations everywhere are mounting a mass of legal challenges to bring down DOMA once and for all.

And the charges are sticking.

So bravo to all you brave American activists that are setting such fine examples of dogged determination to the rest of the world. And shame on anyone who would deny death benefits and emergency hospital visitation to a grieving spouse.

Despite all the heartache and idiocy it is pleasing to see that one solid fact has been proven from all of this.

Those who say a thing cannot be done should not interrupt the people doing it.

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Comments
  1. Storm M. Silvermane says:

    I look forward to reading more of what is on your mind.. Nice to meet you btw and I am following you as well now.

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