Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA

Tyler Durden's picture

In what is likely to cause a storm of controversy, the Supreme Court ruled against the 17-year-old anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act:


Kennedy: DOMA "humiliates tens of thousands of children now being raised by same-sex couples"

Scalia: "By formally declaring anyone opposed to same-sex marriage an enemy of human decency, the majority arms well every challenger to a state law restricting marriage to its traditional definition,"

"DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment."


Full Timeline of Gay Marriage (via Global Post):

Following is a timeline of important events in the history of gay marriage in the United States.


- The modern gay liberation movement unofficially kicks off with the Stonewall Riots, demonstrations by gays in response to a police raid in New York City.


- The U.S. Supreme Court lets stand a Minnesota Supreme Court ruling that the law does not allow for same-sex marriage, and that the issue is different from interracial marriage.


- Maryland becomes the first state to pass a statute banning gay marriage.


- Harvey Milk becomes the first openly gay elected official in San Francisco, winning a seat on the Board of Supervisors. He later appeals to gays to come out and run for office, saying "for invisible, we remain in limbo." Milk was shot and killed in 1978.


- The U.S. Supreme Court says "we are quite unwilling" to find a fundamental right to sodomy, even in the privacy of one's home, in Bowers v. Hardwick ruling.


- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy writes an opinion striking down a Colorado ban on protections for gays, saying the ban "seems inexplicable by anything but animus."

- President Bill Clinton signs the Defense of Marriage Act, defining marriage as between a man and a woman for federal purposes.


- Comedian Ellen DeGeneres reveals she is gay. Shortly afterward, her TV situation comedy character says "I'm gay" - inadvertently speaking into an airport public address system.


- Debut of television show "Will and Grace" about a gay man and his best friend, a straight woman.


- Vermont becomes the first U.S. state to allow civil unions for same-sex couples.

- Republican vice presidential candidate Dick Cheney, who has a lesbian daughter, indicates he supports gay marriage, saying "freedom means freedom for everybody" and "people should be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to enter into." He said states should regulate the matter, not the federal government. Cheney serves as vice president for eight years.


- The U.S. Supreme Court, in another decision written by Kennedy, strikes down Texas anti-sodomy law in Lawrence v. Texas case and reverses the 1986 Bowers ruling. Kennedy writes that this does not mean the government must recognize gay relationships. "Do not believe it," Justice Antonin Scalia dissents, saying the logic of the opinion points to allowing same-sex marriage.

- The Massachusetts Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage, and gay weddings begin in 2004.


- San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom directs the county to allow same-sex marriages, arguing the state's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, Proposition 22, is unconstitutional. The state Supreme Court stops the weddings on grounds unrelated to the constitutionality of marriage.


- U.S. northern neighbor Canada allows gay marriage.


- California gay marriages become legal when the California Supreme Court strikes down the Proposition 22 ban. That November, voters add a ban to the state constitution - Proposition 8 - ending a summer of gay marriage.


- Iowa state Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage.

- Federal court challenge to Proposition 8 filed, days before California Supreme Court lets Proposition 8 stand as a valid change to the state constitution. Eventually, federal district and appeals courts agree to strike down the ban, which heads to the U.S. Supreme Court.


- The U.S. Congress passes legislation to end a policy put in place in 1993 called "don't ask don't tell" that had barred gays from serving openly in the U.S. military. President Barack Obama signs the measure. The policy officially ends in 2011.


- Obama becomes the first U.S. president to endorse gay marriage, acknowledging that his views on the matter had evolved.

- North Carolina approves a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in May. In November, Maine, Maryland and Washington become the first states where voters approve same-sex marriage, and Minnesota rejects a new ban.


- The U.S. Supreme Court in March hears oral arguments on the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

- The Boy Scouts of America organization votes in May to lift a century-old ban on openly gay scouts in a victory for gay rights activists. A prohibition on openly gay adult leaders remains in place.

- Minnesota, Rhode Island and Delaware in May become the latest U.S. states to allow same-sex couples to marry, bringing to 12 the number of states permitting it. The other states allowing same sex marriage are: Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington state, as well as the District of Columbia.

- Supreme Court Strikes down DOMA...


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Flakmeister's picture

I can handly wait to hear Pat Robertson go full retard...

Mr. Hudson's picture

Bible thumpers should have their bags packed. The Rapture will be here any day now.

Stackers's picture

President Bill Clinton signs the Defense of Marriage Act, defining marriage as between a man and a woman for federal purposes.

Damn those evil conservative bible thumpers ......... oh wait.

Alea Iactaest's picture

With DOMA struck down and traditional (man-woman) definition in the toilet, I can hardly wait for 3-way marriages! No philosophical barrier now you luddites.

LetThemEatRand's picture

It's okay if it's a three-way.

Harlequin001's picture

And we should all have the right to have babies, even though half of us are male...

but we should still have that right. eh.

gatorengineer's picture

needs to be covered under Odumbo care

CH1's picture

Correct - it's just noise.

Now the political addicts will be distracted from things that actually matter for a few days.

The Thunder Child's picture

What the hell is this political diversion doing on ZH Tyler? I thought this was fight club....

Troll Magnet's picture

anything to keep sheeple from talking or thinking about the nsa.

pods's picture

It's okay, I whisper sweet nothings into every networked microphone I find.  


Manthong's picture

rectum.,. birth canal..  same difference

good luck with that..

I wish I could put a magnet on old dead Jefferson and a copper coil around his tomb.

I could light the world.

Nature and natures's God will not have much providence for this sorry wreck of a nation. 

chumbawamba's picture

State-sanctioned "marriage" is literally a commercial contract between two persons (not people) and the State.  It is a three-way commercial relationship, a merger of two corporations (persons).  Nothing more, nothing less.  It has nothing to do with religion.  It is en entirely secular function.

I am Chumbawamba.

MrPalladium's picture

All that the supremes have done in this case is to uphold the power of the states to define marriage and to remove federal power to limit the effects of the exercise of state power. It is a "states rights" decision that any conservative should applaud.

And any separatist should applaud it as well, because the Supremes are encouraging the balkanization of America into Red and Blue.

Ironically, it will have a profound effect upon the super rich who will now be tempted to "marry" a very young same sex "partner" in order to claim the marital deduction. I would expect a cottage industry of same sex partners for hire under contract to avoid the generation skipping provisions of the IRC while promising support for relatives of the decedent.

Perhaps Red states will loosen up on prohibitions against consanguinous marriage so that a grandparent can marry a grand child so as to claim the marital deduction. This case is all about tax avoidance, and same sex marriage opens up the gates for death tax avoidance that are not open to tranditional male, female families with children.

Manthong's picture

Hey Chum..

Love and marriage

Horse and carriage

Secularists will grind it down to meat.

Herodotus noted that the Lydians coined and stamped money.

..and most all of their young girls were for sale.

SamAdams's picture

For those of you incapable of critical thought, the homosexual agenda is not about human rights, it is about:

  1. Taxes
  2. Population Control
  3. Pharmaceuticals
  4. Neuter of brave, strong, revolutionary men
  5. Destruction of Family Unit
  6. Destruction of Morals
  7. Destruction of religious beliefs (Christianity and Islam) 
  8. Imposition of feudal serf form of Communism

I am not religious and am not homophobic; however, the agenda is a threat for the reasons listed.  Why else would the Rothefellers work so hard to win the support of a mere 5% of the population?  If you still don't understand, then you are part of the problem or just plain stupid...

Manthong's picture

yup. no religion needed here..

analytic apriori stipulates butt is different from vagina..

but maybe this time is different. 

Wow.. I just lead myself into a paradox..  butt is consistent..  vagina consistent...

What am I missing, here?

Bring the Gold's picture

Because people like you waste time worrying about it one way or another. Abortion, Gay Marriage effects a TINY sliver of the population and yet and YET people spend TONS Of time worrying about it. It goes back and forth, up and down over and under and year in and year out people vote along the lines of these two issues.

Meanwhile, year after year civil liberties and financial freedom are stripped away and corproate and federal power ensconced. THAT is why they spend so much money on it. They don't care about gay people or women's birth control/abortion options. But they KNOW people who care about important things will get distracted by these hot button issues. Oh they use race issues and religion too.

Three out of four were hit this week. How awesome. The financial world is melting down, NSA stuff and now we have two decisions people will freak out about.

SamAdams's picture

Absoulutely, the gay agenda is used to distract from enlightening news such as the destruction of the Bill of Rights.  This distraction is recycled year after year, along with Rand Paul's "abortion".  Oh, and let's not forget the threat of "Sharia Law"....  Yes, I am quite aware of the methods used to turn otherwise intelligent people into fools fighting the symptoms, not the problem.  The problem, the seed of evil, is the creation of money.  Those who create money can bribe otherwise good men into dastardly deeds.  So simple, yet so difficult a concept for the "profane".  Acceptance means your whole life has been a lie to some degree.  A psychological burden which necessitates a lengthy re-education.  Indeed, the strain is much and many choose to remain willfully ignorant, head in the sand without care for their children's future.   

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

This changes nothing for me:  Still will/won't...

  Will NOT work for, work with or vote* for any fudge-packer, sh!t-stabber or dyke

  Will NOT associate with or allow such person into my home.  Nor allow my children to be near them.

  Will not help movie or TV show ratings by watching any shows that promote the Homo** lifestyle

  Will boycott and and all homo-owned services.  No homo-owned B & B for us!


  Can't wait for the Knesset to pass the same Homo laws.  That'd be so funny.

  Can't wait for Hillary to finally "come out".  We already know where Blarney Frank or McVain's chum from NC stand, lie or kneel.


* Will almost automatically support or vote for any politician who ahs an anti-homo position

** The correct term is "Homo", not "gay".  'Gay' means happy or jolly in the classical sense, and I refuse to accept the hijacking of that term by the Perversion community.

jeff montanye's picture

you have your research cut out for you, but (hee hee) you seem to enjoy that sort of thing.

DosZap's picture


Why else would the Rothefellers work so hard to win the support of a mere 5% of the population?  If you still don't understand, then you are part of the problem or just plain stupid...


You left one out, and it's a huge one.Homosexuals make as a whole vastly more in income than any other group of Americans= Donations to Dems.

DollarMenu's picture

IMO, they should have made domestic partnership the defining relationship for all couples, straight or gay.

This would be for state purposes; tax status, hospital visitations, inheritance, etc.

Then, if the couple wanted to sanctify the arrangement as a 'marriage', they could duke it out with the religion of their choice.

Seems it would have helped disentangle the state/religion thing, and saved a lot of gas-baggery.

Bring the Gold's picture

An obvious solution and yet it hasn't been done. Why? Because its REAL purpose is to distract people from ciritical issues that affect everyone gay or straight, black, white, mexican, liberal, conservative, muslim, christian, jewish and atheist.

object_orient's picture

I fully endorse your solution, with the stipulation that the domestic partnership is not mandatory.

Anusocracy's picture

(Gay) marriage is a way to increase government benefits.

More people sucking on the government whatever thing.

Cathartes Aura's picture


State-sanctioned "marriage" is literally a commercial contract between two persons (not people) and the State.  It is a three-way commercial relationship, a merger of two corporations (persons).  Nothing more, nothing less.  It has nothing to do with religion.  It is en entirely secular function.

what Chumbawamba said.

seriously, "marriage" as it is practised in amrka today involves a hell of a lot of "laws" and profit for lawyers - get out of the business of state-sanctifying your relationships, and save yourselves some time, money & stress.

if you are loaded down with some religious beliefs, then LEARN to ACCEPT they are YOURS, and do not apply to anyone else but you, and your chosen god(s).  stop trying to force others into your mental constructs.

waterhorse's picture

I love your sensible posts, Cathartes.  What is behind the "drive" to inflict religious dogma upon others who don't believe as you do?  Narcissism/hubris?  Fanatical zealotry?  Persecution complex?  What's your guess.

Cathartes Aura's picture


the need to feel control over others as their own lives feel increasingly out of control.

religious beliefs can vary from the personal, extending kindness to those around them, to the hateful, who seem to believe they are "gods" incarnate, smiting all around them - that's more about control and the need to be seen as chosen to carry out the "angry jealous" god's wishes. . .

but really, the need to align with perceived power over lesser beings - it's the stuff of armies, of militaries in every nation, all believing they are chosen, and sent on behalf of their leaders / gods to eradicate anyone who won't obey, who doesn't believe as they do.

one needs to be filled with hatred for others before they can get the benefits of being uni-formed.

ZH has a demographic of older, single, white men, and a sizable proportion of them - not all, but more than a few - are very angry that the world does not center around them as it seemed to in their younger years, when the amrkn meme was strong in all media.  now that "others" get more attention, for whatever reasons, the spotlight has moved on, and the sense of being special, chosen, doesn't get much mileage any more.  unless they're part of the 1%, feeling privileged, and entitled to that privilege by virtue of birth, there is a sense of being cheated out of their "birthright" - culturally they had the edge, and now they're losing it.

religion is a great place to hide out and simmer, sadly.  doesn't matter the flavour of "god" - they're all created in man's image-ination, so aligning with a perceived power over can extend that feeling of being special, even if the result is angry bitterness, hating of most of humanity, the exact opposite of what is preached.

thanks waterhorse, wishing you peace going forward, we'll all need it.'s picture





Stan: I want to be a woman. From now on, I want you all to call me Loretta.

Reg: What?

 Loretta: It's my right as a man.

 Judith: Well, why do you want to be Loretta, Stan?

 Loretta: I want to have babies.

 Reg: You want to have babies?!

 Loretta: It's every man's right to have babies if he wants them.

 Reg: can't have babies!

 Loretta: Don't you opress me!

 Reg: I'm not opressing you, Stan. You haven't got a womb. Where is the foetus going to gestate? You're going to keep it in a box?

 Loretta: Sniff.

 Judith: Here, I've got an idea. Suppose you agree that he can't actually have babies, not having a womb, which is nobody's fault, not even the Romans', but that he can have the right to have babies.

 Rogers: Good idea, Judith. We shall fight the oppressors for your right to have babies, brother. Sister! Sorry.

 Reg: What's the point?

 Rogers: What?

 Reg: What's the point of fighting for his right to have babies, when he can't have babies?

 Rogers: It is symbolic of our struggle against opression.

 Reg: Symbolic of his struggle against reality.
BLOTTO's picture

Baphomet is a homosexual.


Their is no gay gene.


Why are they so concerned about 1% of the population of which 1% (of the 1%) only want to get married? =Agenda


'They' are destroying genders.





LetThemEatRand's picture

This decision was SO worth it just to see you small minded religitards come out of the woodwork crying like babies that the homos are going to destroy society.  You just can't make this stuff up.'s picture


This decision was SO worth it


This decision comes from the same folks who say that the cops can strip search you and take your DNA for the flimsiest of reasons. The SC has no legitimacy except in the eyes of reds and blues who like to see their pet causes upheld even as the rights of all individuals are being destroyed.

aka Gil's picture

Right on. SCOTUS says "enough" to this unconstitutional, discriminatory law but gives a pass to NSA listening in on and recording every breath we take. And the sheeple celebrate.

Flakmeister's picture

The ACLU can now take up the case against the NSA. Review the facts about the last time they tried regarding this.

SamAdams's picture

Is it still legal for Rabbis and Priests to molest children? You'll have to forgive me, I haven't been following the Rothefeller gay agenda lately....

Flakmeister's picture

Your posts have demonstrated that you are likely incapable of being trusted with a burnt out match...

SamAdams's picture

I don't expect everyone to agree, but I do expect everyone to think.  Debate is healthy, half thumbs & half thumbs down implies people are thinking.

Not a match, I carry a torch.  I light fires in men's minds. 

Flakmeister's picture

You are nothing but a hateful fool with more than a dash of hypocrisy thrown in...

object_orient's picture

I'm really confused about the gay agenda. Is it an invention of right wing talk radio? If not, is it a group of gays who have an agenda, or a not-necessarily gay group that has an agenda FOR gays?

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

You should read or listen to the audiobook 'God is not great' by Christoher Hitchens, where he cites that...

a group of Orthodox Jewish moyles in NY remove the foreskin (after the incision is made) by using their mouth.


Whereas a person of ANY other group would have been immediately arrested and jailed, they were not even 'cited'.  They were only 'criticized' by the Jewish community (purely for PR reasons), and it never made the MSM headlines.  Not even the small print deep inside a paper or magazine.

Now that being 'gay' is legal, I guess it's also kosher, and they can now "come out" of the Moyle closet?

V in PA's picture

And the same folks who said Obamacare was unconstitutional and Constitiutional in the same opinion.

BLOTTO's picture

You think this is just about religion?


Its all a part of the full on assault - the agenda - to destroy all that is good, love, beauty and respect and moral...


You dont just hit the financials - you HIT and ATTACK EVERYTHING!


Whats natural about a man sticking his COCK into another mans ass?


Whats next pedophilia? necrophilia? How about some incest?

Manthong's picture

do not be confused,

it has always been about getting to the kids.


The_Dude's picture

Exactly...coming to a 4th grade sex ed class near you. 

The suble indoctrination of a new generation will help to seperate us even further from our historical roots.  Soon the kids won't believe in anything that isn't pumped into their minds except the indoctrination gobbledy-guk of the liberal education system and the moral cesspool of television.

This society is a ship heading for a reef and these a-holes are accelerating.....

Manthong's picture

go do a web search on how many 20-something teachers are doing kids..

the 20 -ish girls are contending .. 

the meat agenda is on the matinee.

john39's picture

reshaping the world into a new order, based on the vision of their (satanic) god....    check out the relationship between gay sex and reversed kundulini...  the answer to why this is being pushed can be found there.

kralizec's picture

Multiple partners...animals...legalized's all coming down the it the Roman Plan...some might not like morals and ethics and tradition...but once it goes any remaining laws go with it...

Oh well, I think an economic collapse is coming before any political or social upheaval anyway...but the latter two will be sorted out with the former once the shat splatters the fan...

Go shat  Go fan!  Woo hoo!