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Friday Femorandum: Celebrating Equal Rights for Everyone!

And YOU have rights, and YOU have rights, and YOU have rights…

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For this week’s Femorandum, we’re gathering some of the best reactions from around the web to this week’s TWO historic Supreme Court rulings–one upholding a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, protecting health care and access to reproductive services for millions of American women, and the other affirming the right of couples across the nation to marry who they choose! In the immortal words of Shakesville’s Melissa McEwan, “I WILL WRITE MORE SHORTLY IN THIS SPACE BUT I WANTED TO POST THIS IMMEDIATELY BECAUSE OMG YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!”

Melissa did write more, including this (content note: profanity):

This is a GREAT DAY for all the LGB people who don’t even give a fuck about getting married, but feel validated by the fact that they now have another piece of equality conferred by this decision.

This is a GREAT DAY for all the LGBTQ people who recognize that marriage is just one step on a long journey to comprehensive and meaningful equality, but needed like whoa a big win to fill their sails with air to keep them moving on their way.

And this is a GREAT DAY for anyone who believes that everyone should have the option to get married, and everyone who believes that the institution of marriage is worth more when it is not used as a point of division but opened wide to anyone who wants access.

This new world is pretty fucking great, and I am happy to be in it.

Towleroad, which is currently doing wall-to-wall coverage of the ruling, has a legal analysis of the case, Obergefell v. Hodges, that the Supreme Court decided today. gay animated GIF It’s worth noting, as Towleroad does,  that Justice Kennedy talked at length in his decision about the history of marriage and its importance in our culture. If marriage is so culturally important, Kennedy said, the government cannot deny the right to marry to any couple–a nuanced view of marriage that turns the usual “traditional marriage” arguments on their head.

Feministing offers affirmations for “nontraditional” families who don’t fit into the marriage mold (like single moms, families where kids are raised by aunts and uncles, and other “new and creative” family structures, while Slate argues that today’s ruling could be a major step forward for trans* rights. “The court’s recognition that both Due Process and Equal Protection require that individuals be permitted to self-determine—to define and express themselves—has unmistakable extension to rights for the transgender community.”

Meanwhile, Right Wing Watch has a great roundup of all the right-wing reactions to today’s SCOTUS ruling, including a collection of responses from religious right figures like Brian Fischer, Mike Huckabee, and the Family Research Council. We’re not going to quote them here, because WHO CARES what those irrelevant fossils think (same goes for you, Alito) but if you’re curious, Right Wing Watch is your source.

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The Affordable Care Act was also upheld this week, in a 6-3 ruling that affirmed the right of the federal government to subsidize health care for low-income people in states that refused to set up their own health care exchanges because Obamacare.

Mother Jones collected the eight best lines from the decision that upheld health care subsidies, with a focus on Chief Justice (and G.W. Bush appointee) John Roberts, who wrote the majority decision in the health care case. (Roberts signed the dissent in the marriage equality case). “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve  health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” Roberts wrote. “If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter.”

In a statement yesterday, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington Executive Director Rachel Berkson said,

“The ruling is a huge victory not only for women in states that have refused to participate in the federal exchange program, but for women in Washington state as well, because it ensures that Washington residents will continue to have access to the full range of reproductive health care, including birth control. NARAL Pro-Choice Washington applauds the Supreme Court’s decision, and will continue to fight to expand access to all forms of reproductive care, including abortion, for women across our state.”

Have a fabulous and celebratory weekend, Femorandies!



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