DOMA (The Defense of Marriage Act) Now Unconstitutional
“At the rate we are going, marriage equality will be achieved for gays long before equality is achieved for Black America.” (Ocky Williams 4-18-2012).
So my prediction came true. Wednesday June 26th the Supreme Court of the United States has decided that DOMA (The Defense of Marriage Act) was unconstitutional. This was a day after the same Supreme Court invalidated Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act which designates which parts of the country must have changes to their voting laws cleared by the federal government or in federal court. This was the result of racist and discriminatory acts against blacks (in much of the southern US states) that prevented them from voting in elections during and after the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s.
Over the last two elections cycles we have seen Republican officials across the country attempt to implement new voter ID laws and requirements all in hopes of surprising the minority vote which usually votes Democrat. With all the nonsense we have seen in the last 10-15 years with hanging chads, electronic votes vanishing into thin air from voting machines, paper and absentee ballots missing or destroyed or simply not counted, the ridiculous long lines, etc.; it is obvious we need more regulations to help fight the shenanigans of certain (usually Republican) precincts and counties around the country. There is a clear reason why Republicans are so happy with this decision. With Section 4 being nullified, they have now been given a pass to disenfranchise within the legal limitations of the laws they themselves created and lobbied to get passed.
Be sure to check out the original post below where I made my prediction and as always feel free to leave you feedback.
Which reminds me; let us not forget all of the racist comments that came from some in the white gay community after the Prop 8 passage in California? For the most part the black community received a severe tongue lashing from the white gay community as though we were the reason for the passage
Weekly you hear or see stories of black men, young and old being gunned down by the police for some “justified” reason. We see or hear stories in the media of over-hyped, overcharged, and heavy sentences being handed down to blacks in our unequal for profit Justice System for similar crimes that whites get light sentences or slapped on the wrist for. I know that plenty of members of the white LGBT community have experienced discrimination, harassment, beatings, bullying and acts of murder. LGBT life can be a difficult one for many if not all; however white LGBT culture (especially white gay males) has the benefit of still being able to do something that blacks can’t. That is take part in the spoils and benefits of white privilege in America.
White America may be in the minority decades from now but up until that point comes, white America is the majority that rules our land. Again black gays and lesbians might be able to conceal our sexual orientation but not our skin color and believe me…gay is not the new black. To the white LGBT community, it is not that we don’t understand the discrimination you are going through and how you are suffering.
We understand because we have suffered for centuries and still continue to face discrimination to this day. I am happy and envious that the white LGBT community was able to model their movement after the Civil Rights movement by organizing, marching, voting and doing something that the black community as a whole has forgotten how to do…and that is come together with their economic power to enforce change.
At the rate we are going, marriage equality will be achieved for gays long before equality is achieved for Black America.
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