Let’s hear it for equality and diversity!
Women’s rights and gay rights have a double victory in the U.S. this morning.
In two 5-4 rulings on Wednesday, the high court dismissed a defense of Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure in California that outlawed same-sex marriage, and determined that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional.
The verdict is a huge victory for gay rights activists who sued to ensure same-sex spouses are entitled to federal benefits and equal protection under the law.
Meanwhile in Texas, a 13-hour drama-filled attempt to have abortion illegal failed.
A Republican effort to pass a bill that would have greatly restricted abortions in the Lone Star state caught fire on Twitter Tuesday, and by the evening it was trending worldwide. There were at least 730,000 total tweets, and just two minutes before the midnight deadline, with 5,776 tweets per minute about the story, social media served as a platform for women’s rights.
Ultimately, after much confusion and chaos, it worked.
Thanks to the public outcry via social media, the bill – which attempted to shut down 37 of the state’s 42 abortion clinics – was not passed.
A huge hooray for equality today!
I live to write posts like this! My inner goddess is beaming with pride for the gay community and for my sisters.
Clearly I’m excited, but how do you feel about these two issues?