equality

Blogpost #9: Victory in Ireland!

Today Ireland became the 21st country to offer full same-sex marriage rights and the first country to do so by popular vote. Here are a couple great images from the massive news coverage of this landslide victory! 

Art by Annie West. 

Art by Annie West. 

Many Irish nationals who live abroad returned home in order to cast their vote. In a beautiful display of national pride voters used the hashtag #HomeToVote as their way of sharing the images of their journey back to the polling booths. We've shared a few of our favorites below. For the complete list click here via Buzzfeed

A fantastic 101 year old who wore her rainbow colors to vote. 

A fantastic 101 year old who wore her rainbow colors to vote. 

The crowd celebrating at Dublin Castle. Photo via AP. 

The crowd celebrating at Dublin Castle. Photo via AP. 

A beautiful 2-Mom family at a polling station before the vote was tallied. 

A beautiful 2-Mom family at a polling station before the vote was tallied. 

Victory! 

Victory! 

We send all our love overseas to this little, but mighty country! Congratulations Ireland! :) Now it's our turn next, let's hope that SCOTUS will have good news for the United States this June! 

 

 

Blogpost #7: Overview The U.S. Supreme Court, Obergefell v. Hodges

Today The United States Supreme Court heard 2.5 hours of oral arguments from both sides in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges. Two questions were posed before the court: 

1. Does the 14th Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex?
 
2.Does the 14th Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?

During the first half of the debate references were made to Loving v. Virginia case of interracial marriage and also to Edie Windsor's groundbreaking case against DOMA in 2013. Those who were interested in being a part of the live coverage could read along to a live feed of comments from lawyers on SCOTUSblog. 

The following links will let you listen to, download, or read the audio or text transcript from today: 

Question 1: Audio (MAC & PC format available). 

Question 1: Transcript (PDF view, with the option to download). 

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Question 2: Audio (MAC & PC format available). 

Question 2: Transcript (PDF view, with the option to download). 

For more in-depth coverage visit: The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg Politics, MSNBC, POLITICOThe Huffington Post, LA Times, BuzzFeed, LGBTQ Nation, and Slate

Official rulings regarding same-sex marriage will not be made until June.