I celebrate the affirmative decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and uphold the lower court’s decision about California’s Proposition 8. As a United Methodist Christian, I believe that every person has sacred worth and is due all of the services provided and rights protected by our churches and governments.
DOMA has been a source of grave injustice and has done untold harm by preventing millions from enjoying the full quality of life afforded the majority. DOMA’s negation by the court ends an era of unconscionable discrimination, opens the door to marriage equality and assures the civil rights of a broader slice of our society.
As a pastor who has blessed same-sex unions for 40 years, it gives me the greatest pleasure to be able this year to officiate at licensed marriage ceremonies in Washington state, and I rejoice that the court’s decision will give this same joy to clergy in California.
The court is to be commended for its integrity and faithfulness to the highest ideals of our tradition.