Chris wrote:This in particular is a huge step, but there's a long way to go. There are many hurdles yet to cross. There's DOMA, which needs to be defeated. There's Prop 8 in California, which needs to get thrust into the toilet of history. Then the Supreme Court, which is 5-4 right-wing, may also pose a threat, as might the Teabaggers and Republicans in Congress.
DOMA's days are numbered. It has lost in Federal District Court and the administration has already refused to defend it on the appeal on the grounds they believe it to be unconstitutional.
Prop 8 getting tossed is just about as much of a done-deal as if it were already a done-deal. Did you read Judge Walker's ruling? I mean, he annihilated the defendants. They had zero defense. What a joke. The state won't defend it and it looks at least possible, if not likely, that the appeals court is going to say the groups doing the appeal have no standing.
Wasn't the Supreme Court also equally conservative when it overturned Texas' sodomy law, and haven't statements from the majority ruling in that case already been used to win in the DOMA case at the District Court level?
We've got the momentum in court and in public polls. The remaining "hurdles" are mole hills compared to the mountains that have already been knocked down.