A gay father has urged the Supreme Court to end the Defense on Marriage Act (DOMA) via a letter and accompanying video. Jack Montgomery requested that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia “consider the lens and point of view of one individual family,” with the lasting effects of DOMA as well as Prop 8.
“I am not naive enough to think that any verdict of your court will change the opinions or hearts of the individuals we encounter on a daily basis,” Montgomery said in his letter.
“I accept that the stares our family receives walking down the street on a daily basis elicits both judgment and inspiration. What I do not accept is that the United States of America is willing to devalue my children’s family more than others and have a separate grouping of laws and benefits.”
Montgomery is a father of three adopted children: 6-year-old Cardel, 4-year-old Rain and 3-year-old Ravyn.
“Being an inter-racial, same-sex family we are used to being conspicuous and sometimes the center of attention on a local level depending on where we happen to be,” Montgomery said.
“With the cases being heard in the Supreme Court this week our family is now on debate at the national level.”
He mentioned the struggles his children wen through when they first became part of his family, and how they’ve thrived since.
“Please understand that there were no biological impediments to the development of these children,” Montgomery added.
“Their situation was entirely brought on by deleterious parenting. Since their arrival our children quickly graduated from the need of any additional services to include physical, speech, and play therapy.”
Appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, Scalia is the longest-serving justice on the court. Scalia has compared homosexuality to murder, child pornography, prostitution, incest, bestiality and drug addiction.
The Supreme Court is currently reviewing both Prop 8 and DOMA.