6.26.2013

Equality Wins

"We are a people who declared that we are all created equal — and the love we commit to one another must be equal as well." -President Obama

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I don't typically post about political issues but I feel very strongly about marriage equality and today's decisions from the Supreme Court have made my morning.  And though many news outlets frame it in terms of "gay rights," I believe it to be an issue of civil rights.  Period.  DOMA -and Prop 8- were examples of blatant discrimination written into law.  Today the court righted a wrong that should never have been allowed in the first place, and our country is now stronger and better because of these two decisions.

When two people love and respect each other in a way that compels them to make a lifelong commitment to one another - a commitment to support each other, care for each other, protect each other, and love each other unconditionally - how can that possibly seen as a bad thing?

Granted, it would've been nice if the court released a broad opinion allowing same-sex marriage constitutional protection nationwide, but as someone who is familiar with the judicial system and the workings of the court, today's opinions were right under these particular circumstances.  The court accomplished the goals proponents of marriage equality were hoping for while still keeping a narrow construction of the law to avoid accusations of judicial activism or legislating from the bench.  They walked a fine line yet still ruled in favor of civil rights and equality, and I commend them for it.

Many of the Supreme Court's recent decisions have caused me to question my faith in our judicial system but today's rulings are helping to rebuild that faith.  There's still a long road ahead in the battle for civil rights but at least today we can say with pride that we are now two giant leaps closer to true equality for all.


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  1. a standing ovation to you for this, friend. this was so well worded, which I suspect may be the result of that law training of yours. :) "DOMA -and Prop 8- were examples of blatant discrimination written into law. Today the court righted a wrong that should never have been allowed in the first place, and our country is now stronger and better because of these two decisions" - I love it. congratulations to our country for taking such a big step.

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  2. Loved this! I couldn't agree more that it is an issue of civil rights. I have had a smile on my face all day. It makes me so happy and proud that we're one step closer to equality for all.

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  3. I agree with this whole post! I don't like to get political too much either (though I have my thoughts, trust me, haha) but this is such an important issue.

    And I feel the same as you -- I keep seeing things like "gays and lesbians rejoice" but I just thought: PEOPLE are rejoicing! Straight ones, too! (And everyone in-between!) This definitely is about civil rights! And I just feel like there's such positive energy happening today just in general!

    Things are changing and people's minds and hearts are opening. Maybe not everyone, but this is amazing. This wouldn't have happened even 5 years ago, so wow. I'm really proud of our country today!

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