What a wonderful day this is for all loving same sex couples who now have the same legal right to marry as heterosexual Americans. This historic ruling is a huge win for every single citizen — here’s why!
Same sex marriage is now legal in every single state in the United States and while GoP presidential candidates are condemning the Supreme Court ruling, this moment is actually wonderful for all Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation. That’s because the Supreme Court has ruled AGAINST discrimination and for equality for everyone. As President Obama said in his address to the nation on June 26 following the Supreme Court decision, “Our nation was founded on the bedrock principle: that we are all created equal.”
That’s right — the writers of the Declaration of Independence enshrined in the second paragraph these key words: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights…” Now, it took 239 years, a Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement and a gay rights battle to get to this point, where it’s no longer legal in America to discriminate against anyone. We are finally there.
President Obama put it eloquently when he told the nation that the Supreme Court has “reaffirmed that all Americans are entitled to the equal protection of the law. That all people should be treated equally, regardless of who they are or who they love.” He also said something else that is critical to all people: “This ruling will strengthen all of our communities by offering to all loving same-sex couples the dignity of marriage across this great land,” and, “When all Americans are treated as equal we are all more free.”
That is so true. Opponents of same sex marriage may say that it is offensive to their religious beliefs, but that is no longer an acceptable excuse for discrimination. There is NO acceptable excuse for discrimination. Many of those same people were also offended by interracial marriages and that’s why it was illegal in many states for mixed-race couples to marry until not so long ago.
“Religious” beliefs should not be a cover for any kind of discrimination. Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee tweeted that “#SCOTUS [Supreme Court] has spoken with a very divided voice on something only the Supreme Being can do – redefine marriage.” Well, Governor Huckabee, unless the Lord wants to speak out in a very vocal way with a huge burning bush, I’d like to respond that God gave us the brains and “free will” to make our own decisions.
Supreme Court Ruling: LGBT Couples Free To Marry In Every State
That includes the ability to evolve and understand that discrimination against LGBT Americans is wrong, and shouldn’t be continued. What Mike Huckabee and others who oppose same sex marriage fail to see is that when we allow a certain type of discrimination to be legal, it opens the door for other types of discrimination to be legal. When we accept bigotry of any kind in our country, it hurts us all. After all, any of us could become victims of some kind of discrimination, too.
Our country is far better and stronger when it is a bastion of freedom and equality for all and when we are a tolerant, accepting country that is full of love and acceptance, not hate and abhorrence. Gay and lesbian people have asked to express their love and commitment to their partners and their children by making the ultimate commitment to marriage. What could be more beautiful than that? And what else could strengthen the bonds of society more than by providing security to those couples and families?
As Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote about these men and women in the ruling, “Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.” There is still much work to be done on behalf of LGBT couples. Many states, for example, don’t allow these couples to adopt children. But with the Supreme Court now granting legal marriage to same sex couples throughout the country, these discriminatory laws will soon be torn down, too.
Today is a great day for all Americans! Thank you, Supreme Court! Do you agree, HollywoodLifers? Let me know.
— Bonnie Fuller