‘We’ did it! For once, this isn’t going to be one of Things Can Only Get Better’s usual world-weary cynical despairing rants at society’s problems. For once, we can publish a celebratory post with limited analysis (much to everyone’s disappointment or relief).
‘Defence’ of Marriage Act (DOMA), that defined Federal benefits for married couples strictly between a ‘man’ and a ‘woman’; struck down!
Proposition 8 in California which banned same-sex marriage; struck down!
The world will live on with Gay Marriage! I recognise this is a clip from (Nash’s beloved country) New Zealand, but it’s still relevant (above).
There is still a hell of a lot to work to be done to progress LGBTQ rights in the USA. A mere 13 states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington) and the District of Columbia permit same-sex marriage. And there is still far too much tolerance for homophobia and homophobic hate crimes.
This is in sharp contrast to the over 30 states banning same-sex marriage with 17 of those states also banning other forms of same-sex union (civil partnerships, etc) in their state constitutions.
A little too many stereotypes for my liking, but still a good video (above). Be careful about banning same sex marriage.
There are those who will complain that this unelected ‘Judicial Activism’. What, the same ‘Judicial Activism’ that ended bans on interracial sex-marriage?
Section 1 of the 14th amendment reads as follows:
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
Now this is the very same amendment that was cited by the Supreme Court in the case of Loving v. Virginia in 1967, which struck down all state bans on interracial-marriage. Guess what grounds prop 8 was struck down under? Yeah, you’ve guessed it, the 14th amendment. Discriminating on the grounds of race is just as bad and unconstitutional as discriminating on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Yes, there’s still far too much to do to create true equality and further the cause of social justice. But my God, this is a step in the right direction and it is so refreshing to actually publish an upbeat post on this blog.