Citadel VMI GALA Supports Marriage Equality

Members of The Citadel & VMI Gay and Lesbian Alliance went red, literally, on Tuesday March the 26th in solidarity and support of Marriage Equality.

The Human Rights Campaign has organized a Facebook-based branding campaign to demonstrate support of Marriage Equality while the Supreme Court of the United States hears two potentially landmark cases for gay rights. The crux? Wear red and, if you’re a social media user, change your avatar for two days.

The Supreme Court DOMA Cases

Tuesday, the 26th, the Supreme Court hears arguments on California’s Proposition 8 (aka Hollingsworth v. Perry (formerly Perry v. Schwarzenegger, initially, and then Perry v. Brown)). Quick summary:

Proponents of Proposition 8 appealed the case (captioned Hollingsworth v. Perry) to the U.S. Supreme Court on July 31, 2012. On August 24, opponents of Proposition 8 asked the Supreme Court not to hear the case. Olson said, “It was with strong mixed emotions… But in the end, we represent real, live people, and if the court doesn’t take the case, we’ve won and our clients and thousands of others in California can get married.”

The Supreme Court granted certiorari in the case on December 7, 2012, ordering the parties to brief and argue the additional question of whether supporters of Prop. 8 have legal standing, i.e., a legal right to be involved in the case, under Article III, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution. Olson and Boies stated that they will “address all the issues, focused on the fundamental constitutional right to marry of all citizens” before the Supreme Court, while defenders of Proposition 8 stated they now have their first chance at a fair trial since they began defending Proposition 8. The Supreme Court scheduled oral argument for March 26, 2013.

Wednesday, the 27th, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments for United States v. Edie Windsor. Another quick summary courtesy of Wikipedia:

In 2007, Edith “Edie” Windsor and Thea Spyer, residents of New York, married in Toronto, Ontario, after 40 years of romantic partnership. Canada’s first openly gay judge, Justice Harvey Brownstone officiated. Windsor had first suggested engagement in 1965. Spyer died in 2009, at which time New York legally recognized same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions. After Spyer’s death, Windsor was required to pay more than $363,000 in federal estate taxes on her inheritance of her wife’s estate. If federal law accorded their marriage the same status as different-sex marriages recognized by their state, she would have paid no taxes.

For more information, visit the Human Rights Campaign’s excellent site Stand for Marriage.

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