As the end of Pride Month hits, I realize I haven’t done or said much about it this year. Not that I often get on a bully pulpit via the blog but with the whole SCOTUS Marriage decision, it’s time. Just like when Prop 8 was cast down, I didn’t actually believe that SCOTUS would rule in favor of my community. Couldn’t let myself hope.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote: “Five lawyers have closed the debate and enacted their own vision of marriage as a matter of constitutional law. Stealing this issue from the people will for many cast a cloud over same-sex marriage, making a dramatic social change that much more difficult to accept.”
And that’s the exact reason I didn’t think it would go through. Forget the conservative nature the current court leans toward, this kind of judicial rule is so sweeping that I figured they’d never go for it. Especially given the slow but steady win of states approving the right to marry across the country. I thought for sure they would just let nature take its course and, in ten or so years, most or all of the states would allow for same-sex marriages.
So very glad to be wrong!
Now same-sex couples don’t have to worry about being denied a hospital visit to a hurt or dying spouse. We won’t have to adopt our own children (unless they’re actually being adopted, of course). We can file tax returns together! And, down the road, we can divorce our spouse and turn them in for a younger model, just like straight people. ;o) (Just kidding. Mostly. I’m sure there will be dicks who do that.)
This end of the ruling by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy really says it perfectly:
No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilizations oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.
The judgement of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.
It is so ordered.
YAY! HUZZAH!! *\o/* It’s a wonderful moment to savor and smile (like I did most of yesterday).
You know what this really does though? It gets our foot in the door for the states where it’s still legal to evict someone from their home and fire someone from their job because they’re LGBTQI. And let’s not forget all the emotional and physical violence committed against us in the name of religion and homophobia that needs to be eradicated. Children should NOT be kicked out of there homes to ‘live’ on the street because their parents think being gay is a sin/evil. Where one right is (finally) granted, others must follow. The vile discrimination of these things can’t be allowed to stand.
I bet you thought the fight was over, didn’t you? Sorry, but no. We’ve won a huge battle, no doubt, but the war continues.
I also want to take a moment to thank all the people who have worked so damn hard on this. All I’ve done is sign a few petitions here and there. Without your hard work, sacrifice, and perseverance, this would not have happened. And while I’m not in a relationship right now, I do eventually anticipate wanting to get married.
To leave you all on a happy note, have some Sir Ian McClellan and Derek Jacobi celebrating the victory! 😀