Following Tuesday’s controversial ruling on the Voting Rights Act, the Supreme Court may have won a few hearts back today by overturning California’s Proposition 8 and thus allowing same-sex couples in that state to be legally wed. The ruling doesn’t extend beyond the state’s borders, and other bans on same-sex marriage around the country will remain in tact – for now. But the Court simultaneously struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which until now inhibited the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by individual states. So if you’re in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage (welcome to the ranks, California!) then your marriage will also be recognized by the federal government. If you’re not, then keep working and rallying your energies because the general tide has shifted, and total equality is where we’re headed.
President Obama called the plaintiffs and lawyers who worked on overturning Prop 8 to congratulate them – a heartening gesture that shows the president truly is on the side of equal rights. In the spirit of equality, here are eight breathtaking rainbows to celebrate the Supreme Courts overturning of Prop 8 and DOMA:
If you’re in a same-sex relationship in California, are you planning on getting hitched? Does the Court’s ruling on Prop 8 impact your decision? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below!