by Max Brantley
The Human Rights Campaign calls this federal appeals court ruling historic and it's hard to quarrel, even if the U.S. Supreme Court is always on tap to rewrite history.
A ruling this morning by the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld a lower court’s decision that the denial of federal rights and benefits to lawfully-married same-sex couples is unconstitutional. The ruling — authored by President George H.W. Bush appointee Judge Boudin for the three judge panel – comes in two cases: Gill v. Office of Personnel Management, brought by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders on behalf of married Massachusetts same-sex couples who were denied specific federal rights and benefits and Massachusetts v. Department of Health and Human Services, brought by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts itself.
Equal rights under the law is coming. They may come to Arkansas last, but come they will.
PS — Mike Huckabee was quick to strike, proclaiming "our values are under assault." How to fight back? Send Huck money, of course, the universal cure to all ills.