The week of 21 June, 2015 is likely one of the more momentous of the past several years or more that I am aware of. It was a week of amazing and impactful news, incredibly GOOD news from where I sit, news which will be far more benefit than detriment in the long haul or so I’d be willing to wager. Though all of those stories are important and worthy of comment, it is one in particular on which I wish to record a few thoughts.
And that is the confirmation by the United States Supreme Court that marriage between partners of the same sex has the same standing as heterosexual marriage, that indeed now there isn’t straight marriage and gay marriage; there is just MARRIAGE. I find that I am ecstatic about this development, even as I have watched the progress of gay and Lesbian rights advance over the past five or six years. While it is conceivable that one day I might avail myself of such a rite, my happiness is more vicarious, more aimed at those who have longed to formalize their love and relationships with their significant others with an action now recognized and acknowledged nationwide. More importantly, they now have access to automatically assigned rights, such as those of inheritance and medical care decisions which heretofore had to be asserted in separate legal documents which could cost a considerable amount, yet might still not be practically recognized, despite their legality. To see those couples exchanging vows and joyously celebrating their legally endorsed unions was a most premium delight to me, and I am happier for them than words can do justice.
In the midst of that happiness, I am also livid … at Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, hell, I might as well name the entire current GOP presidential field, for their mean-spirited, miserly and generally ill-considered attack on the granting of RIGHTS represented by the decision of Obergefell v. Hodges. “The democratic process should have been allowed to run its course,” says Ken Blackwell on ABC’s This Week; “The law of god cannot be overturned,” complains Huckabee, and people of supposed faith in their hearts but apparently little generosity whine and complain about a change which will likely have NO IMPACT ON THEM. What Huckabee and Blackwell fail to recognize or acknowledge is that their god was never in charge of this country or its laws to begin with. The ultimate boss in this nation is “We, the People,” not Yahweh or Jesus or Mohammed or any other imagined authority. I can’t help but notice that these same bible-believing politicians are doing nothing about the spread of seafood restaurants or fashion houses which boldly promote their multi-fabric clothing lines or the general failure of state or federal legal statues to conform to Mosaic Law. For the umpti-umpth time, they fail to recognize that our government’s disassociation from religion is what gives them the freedom to practice their religion as they see fit and vent their opinions regarding others’ practices which they dislike.
Sure the bitching and moaning amongst the Christians will continue and (I hope) fade to the background, while people continue to get married: men to women, women to women and men to men. Eventually such events will be so commonplace that no comment will be necessary, except for those few who still carry the chip on their shoulder. In this moment, though, the decision rendered by the Supreme Court is worthy of remark and celebration, along with the affirmation of the Affordable Care Act and the actions taken against the Confederate flag. Such good news is sometimes rare. What say we take note and do a bit of heel-kicking!