By declining to give a 50-state equality ruling on Prop 8 today, the Court shows that it still doesn't "get it" with regards to treating LGBTs as equal human beings who should have the same rights as other adults.
The fight for equality in 37 other states continues. But we now have clear direction that the Constitution, in addition to the political process and changing attitudes of the general public, are coalescing in favor of marriage equality across the entire country.
The Supreme Court has done us a big favor. In supporting gay marriage, it has encouraged the larger movement for human rights for gay people to deepen and to spread. We get a double gift from the Supreme Court decision: we get to talk about sex and about scripture.
Today's ruling that two individuals of the same-sex who marry are entitled to the same federal benefits as those who are in heterosexual relationships helps reaffirm to LGBT youth that they are valued, they are equal, and that they have the same rights as anyone else.
The Supreme Court struck down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and upheld a lower court's dismissal of California's Proposition 8. Let's celebrate the validation of civil rights with a song written over 80 years ago but still relevant today.
It is not picking one issue as more important than another. Which leaves me wondering, do I go out and twirl for all of the couples who now are going to enjoy a thousand plus rights previously, and wrongfully, denied to them, or do I wail because of yesterday?
What does it feel like to be like everyone else? As I write this, I can hear my daughter Clara squealing from her high chair in the kitchen as Papá -- who can now become a citizen because I can sponsor him -- tells her not to plaster herself with yogurt.
I remain hopeful that further progressive change is not far beyond our reach. Let us celebrate today but continue to fight for a brighter tomorrow. Do not lose sight of the struggles for equality and justice that persist. We will bring light to places still living in fear, hate, and ignorance.
If our society denies rights to the poorest and most disadvantaged among us, and sets up structures that privilege the already-privileged, we will become less -- not more -- willing and able to take on the global fight against carbon pollution.
I admit I scan the comments section -- and I will reply if it's intelligent and appropriate. But a lot of fellow writers refuse to read the comments. There are t-shirts that say "never read the comments." Today, it's easy to see why.
The state doesn't create family bonds, it merely recognizes them. The actual growing and shaping and raising and conceiving and loving and defending -- all of that is what makes us family. And those choices are ours to make together and for each other, because that's what family means.