Wertfrei Wednesday: Equality in Marriage


The recent ruling, as related by  :

In his opinion striking down Pennsylvania’s gay marriage ban, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III may have just taken the cake. Jones, a Republican endorsed by Rick Santorum, walks us lucidly through the granular legal details of equal protection and due process. It’s an impressive analysis, thorough and thoughtful—but the real gut-punch comes in Jones’ peroration, as the judge places his ruling in the broader historical context of civil rights in America:

The issue we resolve today is a divisive one. Some of our citizens are made deeply uncomfortable by the notion of same-sex marriage. However, that same-sex marriage causes discomfort in some does not make its prohibition constitutional. Nor can past tradition trump the bedrock constitutional guarantees of due process and equal protection. Were that not so, our would still be a racially segregated nation according to the now rightfully discarded doctrine of “separate but equal.” … In the sixty years since Brown [v. Board of Education] was decided, “separate” has thankfully faded into history, and only “equal” remains. Similarly, in future generations the label same-sex marriage will be abandoned, to be replaced simply by marriage.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2014/05/20/the_pennsylvania_marriage_equality_decision_s_most_beautiful_passage.html

One by one, the States of America are coming to their senses by approving marriage for everyone, not just those in the mainstream, but all Adult Citizens. There was a time, still existing in some American cultures, that merely walking hand in hand with your loved one could/can get you beat up-even killed.

I can remember receiving death threats living in Christian Conservative Religious Right countryside communities. Getting driveby threats of ‘killing you fucking faggots’ by men in big trucks, complete with the religious christian fish on one bumperside and a confederate flag sticker on the other bumperside. Some men (and women) would give death threats just walking by me and my then boyfriend. Those days are getting numbered.
America is even waking up to hate speech, anti-gay speech is no longer considered protected free reign, rather, law is seeing it for what it is: threats against a minority they can no longer openly threaten. And by making marriage legal for all adults, between two consenting people, one more barrier has been thrown to the wayside.
Living equally and having the right to seek happiness.
Welcome to America!
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