Today marks a huge victory for the LGBTQ+ community as the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality. This historic ruling means that all Americans, no matter their sexual orientation, can now marry the person they love. As we all reflect on this massive milestone, let’s take a look at some of the Monday musings that came to mind.
It’s been a really busy couple of weeks at the Supreme Court, if you know what I mean. While I rarely talk about politics on this blog, this is one of those cases where I simply have to share my thoughts-along with a few memes I could not resist.
First, and foremost, for all those who feel that they are being bullied, trampled on on losing their freedoms: It’s not bullying, it’s not discrimination when someone gets the exact rights that you already had and have enjoyed all your lives. Pure and simple. Bringing someone into the fold, and allowing them to experience the same inalienable rights as yourself neither diminishes you or your beliefs. For those who disagree, consider-do you really want to be conservative religion’s equivalent of the KKK in twenty years? You can be like those old white guys who figure they lost their right to their own way of life in 1960, or you can learn to live with and among people different from yourself. Which way would you prefer your children (who approve of gay marriage by about an eighty percent margin) to think of you later I say that as an extremely religious person.
This past week in Texas a couple got married. They had been a couple for 54 years. I mean really, now many marriages, heterosexual or otherwise, last for 54 years. The fact that they had to wait so long is unforgivable and I celebrate with them.
Invariable, when this topic comes up, someone who opposed gay marriage (or is non the fence about it) points to a couple they know, who think the whole marriage thing “just really doesn’t matter”. Two things. Either they are lying because they don’t want to offend you, or they are afraid if they voice the opposite opinion, you won’t approve. Just as there are some heterosexual couples who don’t think they need the institution of marriage (my daughter and her long term partner come to mind) there are gay couples who have the same attitude. Most couples, gay or straight, want to get married eventually-or at least want to know that if the time comes when they choose to do that, the ability is there.
Marriage is a civil institution (always) and a religious institution (sometimes). No one can force you to allow gays to marry in your church. If you and your church oppose gay marriage, you are free to do that-for now or as long as you see fit. That has not changed. Some churches, many churches even (including mine), will in fact marry gays and have gay weddings-heck, the bishop of Alabama has already said he will do so. You are free to choose a church and worship with people who think like you do.
In civil terms however, in the business world, you need to behave as you would have to in all other circumstances. If my gay sister in-law travels to your state with your wife and she falls ill, you need to recognize her rights as a family member to make health decisions about her partner. You need to acknowledge her parental rights if she vacations with her child in your state, and the child needs medication or to go to the emergency room.
And finally-things aren’t going to change. Oh, I expect that a few states (including my previous home), will spend millions upon millions of taxpayer money better spent, in order to appeal, argue and challenge. In the end, things will be the same. To change it will require an amendment to the constitution, and quite frankly, 3/4 of the American population is not opposed to gay marriage-far from it.
So find a way to worship as you wish and live as you wish in privacy, and adjust to it and get on with it in your day to day lives. I expect you’ll be much more content.
And so it goes…………..back to frugal retirement living on Wednesday!
From a legal standpoint, marriage equality is now enshrined in the Constitution. For same-sex couples who were married in states where it was not legal, the invalidity of their marriages will be resolved in a way that is fair to all involved. For LGBTQ+ people who were unable to marry due to discrimination or fears of being rejected by their families or friends, this change brings relief and hope.
Frequently Asked Questions
What was the Marriage Equality Act?
The Marriage Equality Act modifies New York’s domestic relations law to allow same-sex couples to get married in civil ceremonies while maintaining the long-standing constitutional and statutory principles that no clergyperson may be forced to officiate at any marriage ceremony.
What are the benefits of marriage equality?
The opportunity to marry will improve the health of the homosexual and lesbian population and give their families more security. A healthy populace improves people’s quality of life while also lowering the expense of healthcare for society as a whole.
What does equality mean in marriage?
the condition of everyone sharing the same rights and obligations in marriage, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. the sanctioning of certain rights: equality in marriage for same-sex partners