Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Why Dumping DOMA Means My Unpublished Book is now an Historical

I find myself in an odd position today.


Yep, that's right. The Isle of Wishes, the sequel to The Isle of... Where?, is due to be published in August. In the first book, Liam agrees to go through the immigration process to live in the UK, because DOMA prevented Sam moving to the US. In the Isle of Wishes, Sam's brother, Paul, and Detective Olaf Skandik, face the same issue but with additional problems as they are both police officers, and Olaf is deep in the closet.

For those of you that don't know DOMA is the Defense of the Marriage Act, a deeply arrogant and unfair piece of legislation enacted in 1996, and "was intended by Congress to "reflect and honor a collective moral judgment and to express moral disapproval of homosexuality." The Act's congressional sponsors stated, "The bill amends the U.S. Code to make explicit what has been understood under federal law for over 200 years; that a marriage is the legal union of a man and a woman as husband and wife, and a spouse is a husband or wife of the opposite sex."

One of the effects has been that binational same-sex couples either have to live in exile or face months/years apart. Missing Husband is a raw indictment of DOMA and the cost on same-sex couples.



Think Progress says today’s ruling is especially significant to the estimated 24,700 binational LGBT couples in the United States. Among the many policy implications as a result of the decision, the repeal of DOMA will permit legally married LGBT United States citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) to sponsor their foreign-born spouses for green cards.
DOMA defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman and denied LGBT couples access to more than 1,000 federal programs and benefits available to opposite-sex married couples. That included the ability to sponsor a foreign born spouse for family-based immigration United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Only today, this happened.



HELL YES AMERICA. 

The day has finally come and after keeping the world on tenterhooks for three days the US Supreme Court has struck down DOMA saying that it discriminated against same-sex couples. 

WELL DUH!

It took the might of the Supreme Court to decide that? Anyway *deep breath* The challenge was brought by the indomitable Edith Windsor, 83, who was handed a tax bill of $363,000 (£236,000) when she inherited the estate of her spouse Thea Speyer - a levy she would not have had to pay if she had been married to a man.




Today, many of my friends celebrated as an unfair piece of legislation was struck down, some of them personally affected. The internet exploded in celebration, and the naysayers and haters... ah pah... they don't deserve a place here.

I'm faced with rewriting parts of a book already in edits to reflect today's ruling. And do you know what? I couldn't be more pleased. Some things are worth doing well.




2 comments:

  1. nothing wrong with a historical, least we forget. :) Nice post.

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  2. The best possible reason to have to do rewrites! :D

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