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Courageous Twenty-something Gay Couple Challenge Wyoming’s Same Sex Marriage Ban ALONE. Where The Hell Is Lambda Legal, The ACLU or Gay Inc.?

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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  1. Jon says:

    There are significant harms in losing cases. Rulings are precedent for subsequent cases and can bind or at least influence other courts and can take years or even decades to overturn — in the meantime delaying or preventing success on better-framed and litigated cases. It took 17 years to overturn Bowers v. Hardwick, which in the meantime was used against gay people across the country to justify putting us in jail, denying us jobs, and taking away custody of our children. A loss on marriage could have similarly adverse results. In addition, the nonprofit LGBT legal groups — who have a great track record of bringing smart cases and winning them, such as Lawrence v. Texas, Romer v. Evans, and the marriage cases in Massachusetts and Iowa, as well as the original California marriage case that resulted in 18,000 same-sex couples getting married — are supported financially by donors who give them money to use their decades of legal experience and their expertise to be smart about which cases to try to move forward. It is not their obligation to take on the case of anyone who decides to file a lawsuit, especially if they think it will do damage to the movement. If you think this case should be supported, raise your own money to get them a lawyer. But, two individuals (and bloggers) are not entitled to dictate how legal nonprofit organizations supported by donors for particular purposes should be proceeding.

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