A Brighter Future for Gay Youth After DOMA
By Ilan H. Meyer, Williams Senior Scholar of Public Policy, The Williams Institute
July 22, 2013
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decisions, media stories have focused on gay and lesbian couples that can now (again) get married in California and the potential benefits to married gay and lesbian couples in the United States after the fall of DOMA. But the deepest impact of the Supreme Court’s decisions may be less tangible or immediate. As they chip at stigma against lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals, these decisions will also affect generations of youth who will come of age, and come out as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, in a society that affirms their equality and dignity.