Archive for June, 2013

The Australian parliamentary Labor party (the current party of government) met at 7pm Canberra time yesterday to vote on the party’s leadership. The result being the return of Kevin Rudd to the Prime Ministership. Mr Rudd recently became an advocate of same-sex marriage, something the (now) former prime minister Julia Gillard was not.

Five hours later, at 10am Washington DC time, the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled that the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional on the grounds of equal protection. Same sex marriages in states where it is legal are to be treated as any other marriage federally.

The court also ruled in another case (Prop 8) that the party appealing the federal court’s decision had not standing to appeal, therefore the lower court’s decision to declare Proposition 8 unconstitutional in California stands, thus same sex marriage is again legal in that state… and with DOMA struck down the rights and benefits of marriage federally that flow.

In politics, law, or life, when change does not (or is not permitted to) occur smoothly, change can occur seismically.

I know that linking Kevin Rudd to SCOTUS is tenuous at best… but what the hell…

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