We’ve traveled a long way legally in the last 12 years when it comes to the question of gay marriage. It was just a dozen years ago that the Supreme Judicial Court decided the case of Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health, 798 N.E.2d 941 (Mass. 2003), the first case in the nation that found a constitutional right to marry for same sex partners. That right was found in the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and not the Constitution of the United States of America. Today the Supreme Court of the United States (sometimes abbreviated as SCOTUS) found the same right in the federal Constitution.
This case, Obergefell v. Hodges, challenged the prohibition on the rights of gays to marry in four states: Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee, all of which defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman. The petitioners, 14 same-sex couples…
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I was recently called out on one of those “top secret” Facebook groups everybody’s in, the kind populated with the same kind of people who think that promoting “Exclusive VIP Access” to anyone who clicks a link, about why, exactly, SHRM keeps asking me back year after year. Her insinuation was that all I do is troll on SHRM hard, which, these days, is kind of true. This saddens me, but also means I feel obliged to write, in advance, my complicated and complex history with this organization.
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