Tag: Defense of Marriage Act

Why My Driver’s License is More Powerful than a Marriage License

I love my driver’s license. It gives me the ability to get in a car and go just about anywhere in the United States. It’s gotten me on board aircrafts to virtually every state in this great country. I’ve seen the big sky of Montana and the roaring waters of Niagara, in large part, thanks to my driver’s license.

My driver’s license has a state seal on it, bearing the markings of the State of Texas and it has a 10 year old picture of me on it (shh, don’t tell the DMV!).


September 21, 2009 5

Our “Fierce Advocate,” Obama, Fights Against Gay Rights — Again

Last month, a U.S. District Judge dismissed the lawsuit filed by Arthur Smelt and Christopher Hammer seeking to find the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) unconstitutional. That dismissal was a logistics issue, not a dismissal because the allegations against DOMA were unfounded. In the Smelt case, the Judge found that the suit “should have” been filed in federal court, not state court.


September 18, 2009 0

Massachusetts Sues United States for Marriage Equality.

It’s easy to see why so much attention is being given to the lawsuit filed by the Massachusetts Attorney General, Martha Coakley, is getting so much attention. Massachusetts was the first of the now six states to provide marriage equality to its citizens. It now seems Massachusetts will lead the way as the State challenges the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”).

But before the wahoos in Texas and other jurisdictions get their Bibles all up in people’s faces, the challenge presented by Massachusetts doesn’t challenge Section 2 of DOMA which allows states not to recognize unions performed in other jurisdictions, but instead challenges Section 3 which defines marriage on the Federal level as being between one man and one woman.


July 9, 2009 1

Obama Administration’s Anti-Gay DOMA Memorandum In Review.

Reports are circulating about the Obama Administration’s recent comments in their “Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support of Defendant United State’s of America’s Motion to Dismiss” filed in the Smelt case [Case 8:09-CV-00286-DOC-MLG in the United States District Court, Central District of California, Southern Division]. Some blogs are already reporting that the administration equates gay marriage to “incest and child marriage.”


June 12, 2009 7

Why DOMA was Actually a Pro-Gay Move.

Pressure was on for an amendment to the United States Constitution. Clinton then did something that enraged LGBT people; he signed the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) into law. Although obviously an unconstitutional action, DOMA remains in full force and effect today (with the small exception of an Internal Court Order of the 9th Circuit deeming it “unconstitutional”). In spite of this, DOMA may be considered the smartest pro-gay action of any president.


February 12, 2009 3

What I’ve Learned Thus Far – The Nationwide DOMA Protest (cont.)

After my last post describing my adventures in downtown San Antonio while attempting to gather signatures to the Open Letter to Obama, I took to the streets again. It was about 10:30 p.m. when I, along with three others, pulled into the parking lot near a local gay bar. The crowds were coming at full force and we could have used several more people to try to obtain everyone’s signatures. It was windy and cold, but our reception was warm and tender… for the most part.


January 12, 2009 0

How I Scare Lesbians – The Nationwide DOMA Protest

The National DOMA Protest was conducted today. I made it to the rally point and met up with the handful of people that showed up. With letters in hand we took to the streets of San Antonio and began asking for signatures.


January 10, 2009 1

Giving Up Hope for a Gay Tomorrow

Staying motivated is often the most difficult thing when it comes to LGBT activism and human rights generally. The odds are against us, yet we cannot lose. Losing is not an option in this battle because every time those that propagate hatred against us are victorious, they gain power. We may loss battles, but we cannot lose the war. Why? Our lives are at stake. This is not an issue of marriage, it is not an issue of Due Process or Seperate But Equal clauses. We have our lives to lose and I believe that my life, and the life of those around me, is worth fighting for.


December 31, 2008 2