Reasons to Have Pride in 2012, Part 3

We came out, we saw ourselves in media, and we conquered hearts and minds in the last year. From major wins to small victories, here is the third of four parts of 181 reasons to feel proud of not being straight and narrow.

BY Advocate Contributors

May 17 2012 4:15 AM ET

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Because court rulings are injecting a little common sense into the national debate

It’s a simple precept: If you’re going to treat different groups of people differently under the law, you better have a good reason. And neither the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act nor California’s Proposition 8 provide one, judges have ruled over the past few months. In February the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found Prop. 8 unconstitutional because it “serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California.” The same month a district judge ruled that a federal court employee was entitled to health benefits for her same-sex spouse.

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