RBGG founding partner Sandy Rosen published an op-ed in The Recorder on June 28, 2013 discussing the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court rulings earlier in the week on California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, entitled Same sex marriage: the time has come.
The op-ed opens:
“June 26 was a day of celebration for all who believe in liberty and equality. The United States Supreme Court declared unconstitutional a core provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibited myriad federal rights and benefits to people in same-sex marriages that are legal in their states. The court also left open the path, taken by California’s governor, for disregarding California’s mean-spirited Proposition 8 which prohibited same-sex marriage.”
“The movie Milk attributes a statement to Harvey Milk, about how, as gays increasingly come out, most people will learn that they have gay relatives and friends, and that will change everything. That sort of education is happening in America and much of the industrialized world, as the younger adult generations and the generations that are becoming adults teach their elders to respect LGBT people and their humanity in common with those who are heterosexual. Like the president, increasing numbers of political figures who used to oppose marriage equality now embrace it. I cannot say it any better than this quote apparently wrongly attributed to Victor Hugo: ‘Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.'”
Full text of the op-ed is here.