U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of same sex marriage

After yesterday’s decision that put civil rights back a generation, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of same sex marriage in two dynamic decisions:

1.  Striking down the “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA), now same gender couples will enjoy Federal benefits historically denied them.
2.  Refused to hear the case of Proposition 8 in California – which had put a halt to same sex marriages.  This will soon make it possible, again, to have same sex marriages in California as in twelve other states, including Washington, and the District of Columbia.

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Congressman John Lewis on his most recent trip to Seattle.

In it’s decision today, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965 – putting the responsibility on Congress to “update” the sacred rights of all citizens to vote in this democracy.  John Lewis, lifelong civil rights leader who nearly lost his life advocating for civil rights, said it best.

“What the Supreme Court did was to put a dagger in the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965,” Lewis told ABC News on Tuesday. “This act helped liberate not just a people but a nation.”

You can read more of Lewis’ stance and the unfolding U.S. Supreme Court decisions here.