Any day now the Supreme Court of the United States will rule on two very important cases dealing with gay marriage and the rights those married individuals receive. At times this can all seem as complicated as tucking, so who better than the greatest judge of all, Rupaul, and his team of drag superstars to spill the tea on this legislation.
WINDSOR VS. THE UNITED STATES: CHALLENGES DOMA
WHAT IS DOMA?
Under DOMA, in states that allow same-sex marriage, gay couples do not receive many of the benefits same sex couples do. So, say a gay couple gets married
They still can't file income tax returns, don't receive some Social Security benefits and can't receive federal estate and gift tax marital deductions. This makes financial planning for us gays really...difficult
So there are two possible outcomes: DOMA...
The Court could rule that Congress has the power to define marriage between a man and a woman, and same-sex couples still won't receive the same benefits as straight couples.
Federal benefits available to heterosexual couples must be extended to same-sex couples where gay marriage is legal.
But DOMA isn't the only important case regarding us gays currently in the Supreme Court. There's also Hollingsworth VS. Perry.
HOLLINGSWORTH VS. PERRY: CHALLENGES PROP 8
WHAT IS PROP 8?
After gay marriage was legalized in California, Prop 8 amended the state constitution to make same-sex marriages illegal
So there are five different ways the Court could rule on this one: Prop 8...
Meaning the Court rules that California and the other states have the right to ban gay marriage. Nothing changes.
The Supreme Court says banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and all states must allow gays to get married.
THE COURT STRIKES DOWN PROP 8 BECAUSE A STATE CANNOT WITHDRAW THE RIGHT TO MARRY AFTER GRANTING IT
...and gay marriage is only made legal in California
THE COURT STRIKES DOWN PROP 8 ON THE GROUNDS THAT STATES CAN'T PROVIDE THE BENEFITS OF MARRIAGE THROUGH A CIVIL UNION AND NOT CALL IT A MARRIAGE
...and the states where only civil unions are legal must now legalize same-sex marriage
THE SUPREME COURT SAYS PROP 8 SUPPORTERS LACK STANDING
...which means gay marriages in California are likely to resume but requires more legislation to make a national decision
No matter the outcome this will be a landmark decision for the gay community. Let's hope the Supreme Court makes the decision that brings equality to us all...
And feel free to use this blog's version of the HRC's equal sign to spread the word about these rulings...and how fierce the gay community is.