From parentsociety.com blog:
In the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal
government legally codified the definition of marriage as being solely
between a man and a woman. Afterward, several states borrowed the exact
language of DOMA and made it state law as well. But many groups feared
the possibility of LGBTQ couples marrying through judicial actions.
an earlier post,
DOMA is undermined by the very fact that it fails to treat LGBTQ
couples who are marrying as equals to opposite-sex couples who can
marry. Fearful that DOMA may be overturned, and that judges will set the
state’s rules of who can get married (as was the case in Massachusetts
in 2003), many began working hard, and quickly, to amend state
constitutions stating that marriage is between one man and one
woman. For example, North Carolina forbids marriage equality through
state law, but the citizens also amended their constitution on May 8,
Proposition 8 was a ballot proposition and constitutional amendment
in California a brief few months after the California Supreme Court
ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.
Same-sex couples and parents could be wed from Mt. Shasta to the
southern border with Mexico. While it did not have an impact upon
domestic-partnered relationship, Prop 8 stopped all same-sex marriages
after Nov. 5, 2008.
Read more on: http://www.parentsociety.com/todays-family/same-sex-parents/why-prop-8-matters-to-same-sex-parents/
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