Proclaim members celebrate Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage

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DOMA ruling celebrationYesterday Proclaim members joined others in celebrating the Supreme Court decisions. Proclaim members were tweeting, Facebooking and posting photos of celebrations across the country.

The photo on the right was taken in San Francisco, featuring four Proclaim members: Dawn Roginski, Megan Rohrer, Beate Chun & Tita Valerierno. Also pictured: Chuck Lewis, Jo Chadwick and Rebecca Davis. Proclaim is the professional community for Lutheran pastors, rostered lay leaders and seminarians who publicly identify as LGBTQ.  Proclaim is a program of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries.  

The court revoked part of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, putting legally married gay couples on equal federal footing with all other married Americans, allowing them to receive the same tax, health and pension benefits. The high court also cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California.

The historic decisions came during the same week as setbacks in other movements for justice. As ELM Supporter Heidi Neumark put it on Facebook, “No one is free until everyone is free. Rejoice in this step and keep on…”

The celebrations will continue into the last weekend of Pride month.