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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.