Marriage Equality: Reactions From Around the Web

“The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity,” Justice Kennedy wrote. “By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others, the federal statute is in violation of the Fifth Amendment.”

With these words, The Supreme Court opened the door to gay marriage across the nation. It’s now legal in California and federal benefits will be available to same-sex couples in all states where the union is already legal. This is a human rights victory of historic proportions. Here’s how the world is reacting so far:

GoogleGoogle is a rainbow.

Cheering and crying outside the Supreme Court. Warning: it may make you weepy.

Edith Windsor, the octogenarian responsible for challenging DOMA, received the news of her victory with a call from the president. Check out her priceless reaction.

Stylite recalls how gay marriage has influenced the fashion indusrty.

The Atlantic takes us through the year’s ups and downs that led to this victory.

Rachel Maddow lays it out: “This is now decided as a nation. The argument is won.”

Some of the most outspoken celebrities in support of gay rights took to Twitter (along with the rest of the world) to share in the victory:

Lady Gaga: We stand tall today. So many fought for so long. Be proud, the prejudice are now the minority.

Ellen DeGeneres: It’s a supremely wonderful day for equality. Prop 8 is over, and so is DOMA. Congratulations everyone. And I mean everyone.

Ben Affleck: Big news from the Supreme Court. Goodbye . Hello .

Neil Patrick Harris: DOMA-it-just-lost-O Mr. Roboto! So, so happy for Edie, et al.

President Barack Obama: Today’s DOMA ruling is a historic step forward for #MarriageEquality. #LoveIsLove

And here’s our favorite pair of tweets from, respectively, one of the creators of “Lost” and just a regular guy celebrating a life-changing moment:

@DamonLindelof - I want to french Justice Kennedy SO hard right now.

@KoreyKuhl - I wish I could have “called in gay” for work today. So much to celebrate!

Links for Sexy Feminists: Ryan Lochte, Rashida Jones, and more …

10 Reasons Why Ryan Lochte Is America’s Sexiest Douchebag: Courtesy of Jezebel. We see that he’s super-hot, but we’re happy he isn’t totally our type, because, seriously.

Today in Lady Olympic News: America’s Missy Franklin breaks records and wins 200-meter backstroke, reports the LA Times.

Oh, Goody, the Personhood People Are Petitioning the Supreme Court: Details via The Daily Beast.

We Do Love Rashida Jones: She talks about writing herself a better role in Celeste and Jesse Forever, via Feministing.

Bitch Goes Beyond Judy Blume: And we’re suckers for anything with Judy Blume in the name.

What's Impeding the Walmart Women's Lawsuit

Tuesday was a good day for Walmart, but a bad day for the female employees they are notorious for having abused. A total of 1.5 million women are accusing the company of employment discrimination, but Walmart has contended that individually, they do not have enough in common to combine forces for a viable class action lawsuit. So, on Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments from both parties to decide whether or not that is indeed true.

The plaintiffs have two things going against them: 1) their case is being held in the ultra-conservative Roberts court, which has ruled for business interests 61% of the time, and 2) much of their argument is supported by “social framework analysis,” a relatively new branch of sociology, that isn’t being taken seriously by everyone because of its lack of concrete statistics. As Chris Cassidy at Ms. Magazine writes, it was no surprise that on Tuesday, “the case went really, really badly.” [Read more...]

Sex and the Supreme Court

Members of the Supreme Court: Not the sexiest bunch. I’m not saying their big brains don’t have appeal, but the amount of time I spend visualizing David Souter and Ruth Bader Ginsburg naked is somewhat small. I don’t know how any of them spend their sexy time, or if they spend it with men, women, pets, stuffed animals, or a cardboard cutout of Han Solo. They’re delineating the limits of Miranda rights while wearing long black robes that display just about as much of Antonin Scalia as anyone needs to see. They’re doing a job, not auditioning for Hot or Not.

So tell me why on earth it is I’m now being asked by the Washington press corps, certain filthy-minded congressional aides, and scores of wingnut morons online whether the next Supreme Court justice is a lesbian?

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