Defense of Marriage Act
Alamedans are expressing elation over a pair of Supreme Court rulings that boost gays’ right to marry and to receive the same federal benefits as their heterosexual counterparts, though some said there is still work to be done.
“I’m very pleased that the dignity of the LGBTQ community in California has been restored with Prop 8 being overruled. At the same time I am saddened that the Supreme Court did not provide for same-sex marriage across the land,” said Henry Villareal, who serves on the city’s Social Service Human Relations Board and its Alamedans Together Against Hate workgroup.
The Supreme Court is set today and Wednesday to hear arguments for and against Proposition 8, the California initiative that banned same-sex marriages, and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. City leaders in Alameda and other East Bay cities are showing their support for gay marriage by flying rainbow flags at City Hall. We asked our Facebook and Twitter followers what they have to say about the case and how they hope the justices will rule. Here are their responses; what do you think?