In debating what justice and equality for LGBTQ communities looks like, how historic this moment is, and what other historic accomplishments are yet to be had, it's important for us to consciously support all types of relationships (married or not) and all forms of justice.
The state changed its equal protection requirement, so that it now says in effect that California shall provide equal protection of the laws to all its citizens, EXCEPT same-sex couples who want to marry.
Incrementalism is always hard to argue. That's one of the lessons both this particular issue and my years spent blogging on politics has taught me. Gay marriage has become such an issue for me. Marriage is a fundamental human right, and it should be seen as an "unalienable" right.
I wholeheartedly stand with gay Americans in this movement. I hope the Supreme Court rules in favor of gay marriage and that financial equality for gay families can be achieved. I support unequivocally the sexual and reproductive rights of all people. But when will it be our turn?
My prayer this Easter season is that the arc of the moral universe continue to bend towards justice in the ruling of the Supreme Court Justices.
Fifty years from now, the logic goes, people will look back at this time and this issue and will wonder what all the fuss was about. Well, 50 years from now I will be 98. I do not want to be a 98-year-old blushing bride. So here's my message to the Supreme Court.
Out of the cheap woodwork they come, these swiftly "evolving" politicians, racing as fast as they can to get with the foregone program and support gay marriage ASAP because they see the writing on the Supreme Court wall.
As oral arguments over California Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act begin before the Supreme Court, I can't help feeling that marriage equality will soon follow indecency and rock and roll into the halls of blasé consensus.
The public debate and spotlight on same-sex marriage will die down and fade, and what will remain will be our gay and lesbian neighbors, friends, and church members who need support to live their public promises to one another.
Here are three hashtag-free benefits of marriage, all of which should be enjoyed equally by all people, not just the heterosexual ones.
The Supreme Court justices will hear arguments on DOMA in the very week that Christians acknowledge the holy terror permitted by Pontius Pilate as he heard the arguments against Jesus Christ. Pontius found no fault in Jesus but gave him over to a murdering crowd anyway.
Where the country stands on gay marriage in the future might be a foregone conclusion. But what federal and state legislatures do about this is far from a foregone conclusion. As a result, a punt by the Court might mean that gay marriage supporters will have to wait a very long time to get the ball and the momentum back.
It is never wise to predict U.S. Supreme Court decisions on oral arguments, or else Obamacare would have been repealed. Based on the Justices' line of questioning, however, it appears that they will overrule Proposition 8 -- but on narrow grounds that will only affect California.
After listening to the oral arguments presented in the Proposition 8 case in the U.S. Supreme Court today, one can't help but marvel at the intricacies of the legal debate. But what's really going on, in a nutshell?
In my judgment this Proposition 8 battle is a distraction from addressing the real issues that destroy marriages.
Listening to the Supreme Court's arguments on the big gay marriage case -- which will decide if California, or for that matter any other state, can forbid same-sex marriage, as California's Proposition 8 did in 2008 -- I was struck by the baldly political nature of the conversation.