This week history was made as, for the first time, the Supreme Court of the United States took up two separate marriage equality cases, a challenge to Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.
Here are five videos from this week that you won’t want to miss.
1) Watch Thousands of People Rally for Marriage Equality Outside the SCOTUS
Advocates across the world turned their social media images red this week to support marriage equality, and many people expressed how much they would have loved to go to the marriage equality rally outside the SCOTUS in Washington, DC. Well, here’s a beautiful little video of one such rally. It’s not quite the same, but it might be the next best thing:
2) Bill O’Reilly Backs Marriage Equality–Say What?
Fox stalwart Bill O’ Reilly, who in the past has compared gay marriage to bestiality, surprised many this week when he said he wasn’t really that bothered about gay marriage and that he “wants all Americans to be happy.” Even more interesting, he called out marriage equality opponents for having nothing on their side other than bible thumping.
3) Prop 8 Plaintiffs Reflect on Their Day In Court
Proposition 8 attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies and the Proposition 8 plaintiffs Sandy Stier and her partner Kris Perry, and Paul Katami and his partner Jeffrey Zarrillo took time to reflect Tuesday on the Supreme Court hearing into the constitutionality of Proposition 8. Here’s the video:
4) Justice Kegan Slaps Down House Lawyers on the Prejudice Behind DOMA
The following is audio-only, but it is more than worth it to hear House attorney Paul Clement pause in surprise when Justice Kegan reads from House documents that betray the homophobia that went into passing DOMA:
Justice Kegan went on to say that while the House’s motivation wasn’t the only factor the justices would weigh, that the House had specifically noted they wished to use DOMA to voice their moral disapproval of gay people would raise a “red flag.”
5) Superstar Edith Windsor Says the Hearing Went “Beautifully”
Undoubtedly the superstar of the week is Edith Windsor, the 83-year-old who took DOMA all the way to the Supreme Court. Here is Edith after Wednesday’s DOMA arguments, giving a good demonstration of the chutzpah that has powered this case:
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