Equality

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I don’t usually discuss politics on my blog. I have very strong personal opinions, but I don’t feel the need to broadcast them on the internet every chance I get. Mostly because the internet is a feeding ground for anger and faceless rantings of people who happen to disagree with you. But something is happening today that I feel the need to comment on.

Today, the Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments for cases against the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 in California. For more deets on what both of those laws actually do and the many possible outcomes of the Court decisions, check out SCOTUSblog. I am not a lawyer and would be remiss in trying to act like I know everything about them. What I do know, however, is that today is another historic day on the road to equality.

I’ve never understood how someone can hate another person because they are gay. I’ve never understood how someone can think that their marriage is somehow tarnished by the married gay couple down the street. How being gay equates to not being able to keep their libido in check in a locker room, or worse that it somehow makes them a pedophile. I’ve never understood people who hide behind scripture. People who scream that it’s ‘Adam and Eve’ and not ‘Adam and Steve’. People who claim to be upholding Christian values, but don’t uphold the basic Christian idea of being good to one another. I’ve never understood that.

I’d like to think that these people are just misinformed. That they were taught to hate what they don’t know.  But no one had to tell me that treating people with kindness and respect was the right thing to do. It just is. It didn’t take meeting a gay person to make me realize that they weren’t an abomination. That they weren’t any worse than me because they were born different from me. That they didn’t deserve all the things which are my unquestionable rights as a straight person. If someone is lucky enough to find another person that they want to build a life with, who am I to tell them that their love and their happiness is wrong and a disgrace to society? That their marriage would mean mine is less important or less special?

Amid all of the anger and hatred, there are glimmers of hope. There’s the gay marine who had been video blogging about what life was like in the military under DADT, and the video of him coming out to his dad when it was repealed. There’s the ‘It Gets Better‘ project, and all it means to gay teens struggling to get through the day. There’s the Dad who left a note to his son, letting him know he knew he was gay and that it was okay. Also, to pick up OJ and bread on his way home. There’s Rob Portman, the first Republican Senator to come out in support of gay marriage while in office. There’s progress.

A new poll came out last Monday. 10 years ago, 55% of Americans were opposed to gay marriage. Today, 58% of Americans support it. And those under 30 are twice as likely to support gay marriage as those over 65. Not only that, but 62% of poll respondents said that people were just gay. It wasn’t a choice.

Today is another historic day on the road to equality. Even if the Supreme Court repeals both DOMA and Prop 8, it won’t be the end. But it’s comforting to know that at this point, those coming to the table full of hate are fighting a losing battle. Equality is coming. And they are on the wrong side of history.

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5 thoughts on “Equality

  1. It is definitely the civil rights movement of our generation. Just before my parents got married, it had previously been illegal because their skin colors were different. Some ridiculously backwards states still had laws regarding miscegenation until the last ten years or so. But nearly everyone realizes that those are wrongheaded and bigoted. After 31 years of my parents being married and loving one another; no one’s “normal” marriage has been negatively effected. Hopefully the SCOTUS Justices that are hearing arguments (especially Clarence Thomas, who may be a moron but is in a previously illegal in his lifetime interracial marriage) take note of history. No matter how strongly people cling to their bigoted ideas of tradition: humanity will progress.

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      1. I am sure you’re right. He didn’t recuse himself from the healthcare vote despite his wife being a lobbyist and earning nearly a million dollars in 2011 from insurance companies. And sometimes I think he might not even be checking the internets for every blog post or comment I make and so he may not even see what you or I have said!

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  2. If concern over the “slippery slope” were the real motive behind this argument, the advocate of this line of reasoning would be equally vocal about the fact that today, even as you read this, convicted murderers, child molesters, known pedophiles, drug pushers, pimps, black market gun dealers, etc., are quite free to marry, and are doing so every day. Where’s the outrage? Of course there isn’t any, and that lack of outrage betrays their real motives. This is an anti-gay issue and not a pro marriage or child protection issue.

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  3. “The answer is to win more states, win a critical mass of states, and a critical mass of public support, which creates a climate that encourages the court to do its job,” said Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry, a pro-gay-marriage group.

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