Monday, December 10, 2012

The Court Takes a DOMA Case

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that should make it perfectly clear that DOMA has to go. It involves a same-sex couple that legally married under New York law after having been together for more than 30 years. Soon after the marriage, one partner took ill and died leaving the surviving partner with a 300K|+ tax bill, a tax bill that would have been avoided had the partners been opposite sex.

At stake isn't the "redefinition of marriage" but two important principles:

(1) States should be able to make their own laws without Federal interference.
(2) There should not be two sets of laws. Men and women should not be treated differently by the state.

Irrespective of any prejudices you may hold against people who approach love in ways that you do not, this seems like an easy case. If I can demonstrate straight love and support for someone for 30+ years and inherit her wealth without any legal hassles, the same right should be extended to people who demonstrate gay love and support.

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