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The Day “Gay Marriage” Became “Marriage”

26 Jun

Today is a day that will be written into the history books.

Those of us advocating for LGBT rights have long been looking for the legalization of gay marriage. It is so obviously a denial of basic rights, and is so tangible, that it has been the forerunner for civil rights denied by the LGBT community. Today, it became not something to fight for, but a door that has now opened. Because anyone can be married now regardless of sex, gender, or orientation, “gay marriage” is now just “marriage. And that is something to be excited about!

We took this away from those who have used it as a backbone to their arguments that LGBT people are apparently different than everyone else. Now, we can use this momentum to tear down other barriers to things like adoption, life saving blood donations, and instead of tolerance we can seek acceptance. A same-sex married couple doesn’t have any influence on anyone’s lives but there own, so what is there to tolerate? Nothing. Because everyone should be accepting.

The ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States today, wasn’t a landslide movement, however. Four of the nine members voted against it, and while their reasons are their own, it is hard to say why. These 4 people are holding that their reasons for voting against it was because it was unconstitutional to take away the rights of individual states to decide their own laws. It is hard for me to accept that this is their reason for voting against it.

Considering that in Loving v. Virginia the decision was unanimous, we still have a long way to go. I find it very interesting that in that supreme court ruling, that marriage was a “fundamental freedom”, and that the “freedom to marry or not marry…resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the state” while citing the 14th amendment of the constitution lends me to believe that the 4 dissents were of no result of the constitution, but of simple bigotry.

Section 1 of Amendment XIV states:

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

 

Sounds to me as though yes, the states screwed up. Yes, due process of law landed this issue in the supreme court. And YES, those states were denying the rights of their citizens, which is unconstitutional, and why no, today’s landmark decision is NOT unconstitutional. These 4 folks just found themselves on the wrong side of history.

Yay history!! Now my coworker can adopt another pet and her wife will be able to easily divorce her.

 

Dissents of the 4 supreme court justices.
Text of Amendment XIV.
And a really awesomely done video about it all.

 

Please, if you feel as though I got it wrong, I would love to hear your comments as I’m not a lawyer nor a judge (or any expert in the law, for that matter). Make sure you include reference material, though, because I don’t need a bunch of bigoted bullshit cluttering up my space. 

President Obama, MY President

9 May

Watch the video above, and you will hear President Barack Obama stating that he believes gay marriage should be legal. He is the first president to openly endorse gay marriage. I voted for this man 4 years ago, and I’ve never questioned whether it was the right or wrong choice, but I’ve never felt like it was either. After hearing him say this, I realize I haven’t felt more right about my choice. He is my president, and he is speaking for a huge number of people when he says he supports this.

How do you feel about President Obama’s statement?

Anti-Gay: Measure Passes in North Carolina Banning Gay Unions

9 May

 

Amendment One was has been voted on in North Carolina, and has been passed. This means that the only recognizable union by the state will be the marriage between a man and a woman. Gay marriage was not recognized by the state, but this may change the nature of other unions and domestic partnerships, which were once legal.

This is a major setback for civil rights in the entire country.

Apparently, 61% of voters voted ‘yes’ for the amendment to be passed. The North Carolina Democrat Party, however, is hoping to still fight the fight and does not support this amendment. A statement they released says

“Tonight’s results are an unfortunate reminder that the fight for Civil Rights in our state is not yet over. Writing discrimination into our Constitution is wrong. The State Constitution exists to protect the rights of our citizens- not to take them away. Despite this setback, north Carolina Democrats will continue to fight for all of our citizens.”

It is an unfortunate reminder. To think we live in a “free country” and still so much prejudice still continues.

Another statement was made, by a Christian organization, supporting the amendment:

“We applaud North Carolina voters for joining voters in 31 other states upholding the historic and natural definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman…They recognize that marriage is the only kind of union that results in natural procreation and keeps a mother and father together to raise the children produced by their union.”

What? Natural? Keeps a mother and father together?

Homosexuality is a natural occurrence, and I’m also sure that marriage doesn’t keep anyone together. Hello…haven’t you heard about the current divorce rates? I cannot believe that this fight continues, and the ignorant, naive people of this country are still voting against rights that every citizen should have. There are currently 6 states in which gay marriage is legal, along with Washington, D.C. If its legal in Washington, D.C…why on earth is it not legal everywhere else? Thats the epicenter of our government!

Are you as outraged about this as I am? What do you think about the current state of civil rights in the United States? Do you think there will be any consequences for civil rights in the rest of the country?