Target: Chief Justice John Roberts
Goal: Support the Supreme Court’s recent rulings in favor of marriage equality.
The United States Supreme Court recently ruled that parts of the Defense of Marriage act, which had previously prevented same-sex married couples from receiving federal marriage benefits, were unconstitutional. The Supreme Court also upheld a lower-court decision to strike down California’s Proposition Eight Ballot Initiative, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman. These decisions are a momentous step for LGBTQ rights in the United States, and it is appropriate to take a moment to applaud them before moving forward.
The Supreme Court specifically called out the section of the Defense of Marriage act that prevents same-sex couples from receiving federal marriage benefits as unconstitutional. The section of the act that allows states to choose not to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states as legal for state-level purposes is unfortunately still in effect, even though it too is discriminatory. Similarly, while Proposition 8 is not currently enforceable in California, the actual bill remains in the state law, and the case could still theoretically be appealed. It is hoped that the Supreme Court’s current pro-equality stance will be applied to rulings on these remaining human rights issues in the future.
Though now is certainly a time for celebration and applause, the fight for LGBTQ rights in the U.S. is far from over. However, it is good to know that the Supreme Court is currently on the side of marriage equality, and it is hoped that this understanding will carry on to decisions regarding still-unsolved equality issues, such as employment protection. It is thus important to show support for the Supreme Courts decision, with the hope that a similar track will be taken in the future.
Dear Chief Justice John Roberts,
the Supreme Court’s recent decision to simultaneously strike down the most clearly discriminatory portion of the Defense of Marriage Act and rule against the Proposition Eight Ballot Initiative is a huge step for LGBTQ equality in the United States. While there are still many outstanding equality issues–for example, the current lack of employment protection for LBGTQ individuals in the U.S.– it is good to know that the Supreme Court chosen to correctly interpret the Constitution in this matter.
Although the public’s opinion should not affect the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the law, we would nevertheless like to show our support for these recent decisions, and share our sincere hopes that future human rights issues will be decided as fairly as these were.
[Your Name Here]
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