Evan Wolfson in The New York Times: Our work continues in 2013
Dec 11, 2012 at 11:30 am
Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States announced that it agreed to hear two cases related to the freedom to marry in 2013: Windsor v. United States, a legal challenge to the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, which federally restricts marriage to different-sex couples; and Hollingsworth v. Perry, the challenge to Proposition 8, which stripped same-sex couples in California of the freedom to marry.
The move is certainly a momentous occasion for supporters of the freedom to marry: It is our chance to for the nation's highest court to restore the freedom to marry in California and to finally end federal discrimination against lawful marriages between same-sex couples.
But despite the excitement about Supreme Court's ruling, which likely won't emerge until June 2013, it's important that we stay focused on our work, and that we continue capitalizing on the huge momentum our movement is experiencing right now, after an Election Day where we made history by winning marriage-related ballot measures in four states. Our Roadmap to Victory - to win more states, end federal marriage discrimination, and grow the majority for marriage - is how we will win the freedom to marry nationwide.
Yesterday, Freedom to Marry founder and president Evan Wolfson published an editorial in The New York Times where he encouraged advocates of ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage to keep focusing on creating a climate for the Supreme Court to rule in our favor. He writes:
We've seen from other social justice movements that national resolution on historically contentious civil rights questions typically comes after a long period of work, during which advocates build a critical mass of states that end discrimination and a critical mass of public support, which empowers the Supreme Court or Congress to then establish fundamental rights throughout the nation. This is a pattern that abolitionists, supporters of women's enfranchisement, the modern African-American freedom movement and advocates for people with disabilities - among many others - have followed.
He explained two key goals we need to continue working toward in the next six months, before the Supreme Court rules on Proposition 8 and DOMA: "Rack up more state-level victories" and "continue the momentum in public opinion."
In the editorial, Evan explains how we achieve both of those goals. He writes:
If we do our part over the next months, building on the irrefutable momentum of 2011 and 2012, we can give the justices confidence that when they stand on the right side of history, their rulings will not only stand the test of time, but be true to where the American people already are.