15 May 2012
Praise: James Clyburn on Marriage Equality
Representative Clyburn of South Carolina, number three in the minority leadership, is spot on regarding marriage equality. On the other hand, I suspect that national equality will only be possible through the courts, similar to what happened with interracial marriage as resolved by the Supreme Court in Loving v Virginia.
The legislative route is easier if there is a Democratic Congress. If we can simply see the overturning of DOMA, then marriages between people of the same gender may still not be possible in forty-four states, but those states would have to recognize marriages performed in the six states where marriage equality is the law (Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont) as well as the District of Columbia. Without DOMA, that recognition of marriages would be required by Article IV, Section One of the United States Constitution.
Either way, thank you to Leader Clyburn. Well said.