A coast-to-coast collective "yay!" was nearly audible this morning as the Supreme Court ended its spring session on a very high gay note. In a 5-4 decision along ideological lines, the Justices struck down the heinous Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The court effectively axed California's Prop 8, too, by letting stand a lower court ruling invalidating the law in the state. Theoretically, SCOTUS could have struck down Prop 8 itself and given its decision broad national implications, thereby making marriage equality the law of the land, but only a handful of the most idealistic friends of Dorothy thought that would happen.
In the DOMA case, it was Justices Kagan, Sotomayor, Ginsberg, Breyer, and Kennedy who held the majority, while the usual sourpusses filled the minority: Scalia, Thomas, Alito, and Roberts. Scalia is particularly bitter, which we know because he took the extreme measure of reading aloud his dissenting opinion from the bench. If he keeps grousing about it, maybe we should put him on a San Francisco-bound party bus with round the clock drag shows. That'll cheer him right up.
Of course, the fashion community — which is, like, 99% gay — is practically dancing in the streets. They're definitely dancing in the tweets. Here are some of them...
Any straight person complaining about the Supreme Court striking down DOMA should be forced to hire a heterosexual wedding planner.— Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) June 26, 2013
I want Wendy Davis to be my maid of honor. And Joe Manganiello to be my best man. Too bad I don't know either of em!— Mickey Boardman (@AskMrMickey) June 26, 2013
A good friend of mine just called me. One sentence explains his mood: tears of joy #MarriageEquality— Nina Garcia (@ninagarcia) June 26, 2013
Woke up to the news of DOMA being struck down. Don't care that it's cold and raining in Portland, it's a beautiful day.— Carrie Brownstein (@Carrie_Rachel) June 26, 2013
Big day for the U.S. #DOMA— Marilyn Agency NY (@MarilynAgencyNY) June 26, 2013