Posted by: Catherine Lugg | November 10, 2014

And the South is a changin….

There have been scads of legal developments over the last 18 months or so. From the Windsor decision to a host of lower court decisions ruling that yes, queer people CAN get married and have our marriages recognized by both the federal and state governments. While the 6th Circuit decision seems to be an outlier, I’m not sure it will go to the Supreme Court.  I suspect the entire 6th Circuit judges will hear this case, and, will likely be overturned.

Meanwhile, in Virginia, the board of the Fairfax County Public School System has approved extended legal protections to their queer employees, including recognizing married employees and extending benefits. While one board member voted against the measure, grumbling that the nondiscrimination policy was overly broad and created a surplus of “protected classes,” the change actually brings Fairfax County into alignment with the other DC metro public school districts.

Clearly, the “old order” of state-sanctioned homophobia is crumbling, even in the most recalcitrant states. That said, I fully expect there to be more litigation in the near future. Change this critical doesn’t come all at once, but by constantly chipping away at the institutional oppression.

Stay tuned.

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