No More DOMA

11:28 am.

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Well, I think most of you, my readers, are from outside of the U.S., and therefore not directly affected by this occurrence, but I would just like to announce that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was just struck down earlier this morning by the Supreme Court! It was deemed unconstitutional.

This is a really monumental step on the road of progress and equality for my country, the United States. DOMA is–was–the law that banned the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage legalized by the states. States can still individually make their own laws about the matter on the state level, but thanks to the 5-4 ruling this morning, there is no longer an overarching ban. This was said by Justice Anthony Kennedy in the majority opinion:  “By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others, the federal statute is in violation of the Fifth Amendment.”

The Defense of Marriage Act was signed into law in 1996 by President Bill Clinton. DOMA prevented gay couples whose marriages were recognized on the state level from getting the hundreds of benefits enjoyed by straight couples under federal law.

Like I said before, this is really important. I believe that equality is essential to a functioning society. I have friends who are gay, and this must be so important to them, even more than it is to me. Because this repeal of DOMA means that my gay friends are that much closer to equality, and it is that much easier for them to marry who they love.

So, cheers!

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2016: It’s On, Bro!

8:56 pm.

Ah… it is the week after the election, we can be friends with our opposite-political-affiliation friends again (haha), we know who the next president is, and the news is back to talking about the scandals our officials get themselves tangled up in.

But you know what else is being discussed on the news? Presidential Election 2016.

Come on, guys. Really? I mean, I know it’s fun for all you pundits out there in the media to speculate, list off poll numbers, and show us fun colour-coded maps of the country (yes, I mean you, Chuck Todd 🙂 ), but please…Give it a rest! I am so not ready for another set of campaigns. I share this opinion with Colbert from yesterday:

http://www.colbertnation.com/full-episodes/tue-november-13-2012-newt-gingrich

(1:57 minutes in)

Really, I love politics, but let’s just give it a rest. Deal? 🙂

GET OUT THE VOTE!!

10:46 pm.

Wowzers, I can’t believe it is Election Day!!!

Did you vote? Hope so! Let’s do this thing! (can you tell that I’m pumped?’) I’m only fifteen, so I (obviously) didn’t vote, but my mom, father, and older brother did.

FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS!

If you’re for the President, or want to have a good laugh, check out this list (which I compiled myself from my memory) of the most outrageous and what-the-heck quotes from Mitt Romney over the course of his campaign:

Mitt Romney Quotes

If you’re not for the President, then don’t look at the list, I guess, and don’t judge me because of my opinion! 🙂 I’m still the same person with the same humour and same cute-and-goofy cats!

GET OUT THE VOTE!! (four more years!)