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June 29, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Supreme Court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act

Supreme Court must defend equality

Attorney David Boise (center) speaks while flanked by plantiff couples (from left to right) Paul Katami, Jeff Zarillo, Sandy Steier and Kris Perry after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional at the Supreme Court, June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled to strike down DOMA and determined the California's proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court's striking down of the law. [Mark Wilson/Getty Images.]

Attorney David Boise (center) speaks while flanked by plantiff couples (from left to right) Paul Katami, Jeff Zarillo, Sandy Steier and Kris Perry after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional at the Supreme Court, June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled to strike down DOMA and determined the California’s proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court’s striking down of the law. [Mark Wilson/Getty Images.]

In his dissenting opinion in United States v. Windsor, Justice Antonin Scalia laments that, in invalidating the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Supreme Court has pawned the gift of democracy that the Founding Fathers left us. [“Victories for gay marriage, but still not law of land,” page one, June 27.]

Indeed, Scalia writes so glowingly about the merits of democratic decision-making, and so derisively of the institution in which he sits, one might be tempted to ask him if he doesn’t wonder at times why the Founding Fathers didn’t merely write that the will of the majority will out.

Justice Scalia is well aware that majorities can be capricious, tyrannical and wrong. He just doesn’t think that DOMA is any of these things. He writes, “to defend traditional marriage is not to condemn, demean, or humiliate those that would prefer other arrangements.”

DOMA denied legally married homosexual couples tangible federal monetary and statutory benefits that it granted to legally married heterosexual couples. How can this be anything other than blatant discrimination?

The Founding Fathers left us other gifts in addition to our democracy. They left us a Constitution within which can be found a guarantee for equal protection under the law, and they left us another gift in the Supreme Court’s power to tell us that, no, sometimes the will of the majority does not will out.

Stephen Crotts, Edmonds

Political poetry

Tuesday’s five to four

Voting Rights

is damned:

A miscarriage

of race and hate.

 

Wednesday,

it’s a case of

love and marriage

for gay

as well as

straight.

 

Five to four

Five to four

At least one side

finally won.

 

What a strange elite

democracy

decided just by

one.

Kerry Ruffler, Seattle

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