Greetings all from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul. I’m here for a week doing walk-throughs in preparation for the GOP Convention. This Saturday will mark the 100 day countdown. The Convention is going to be awesome. So while MediaLizzy is on her westward trek, I’ll be filling in a bit more.
I wanted to take a few days to let my thoughts settle on the biggest piece of news last week: the CA Supreme Court case that invalidated the ban on gay marriage and deemed the state’s refusal to deny homosexuals the right to marry as an infringement on their civil rights.
The issue has been hashed and rehashed on the legalities a few times now, so I’m not going to get in to that. For any of you who have read my postings in the past, you can accurately guess that I’m in support of gay marriage.
I’ve found most interesting so far the “fallout.” No surprise, the social conservative elements in America are enraged. Republicans are in a really tricky situation – as the majority of the CA supreme court (like almost the entire bench) is packed with Republicans, and Governor Arnold, a Republican, has supported the court’s ruling. The “right-ies” are tripping all over themselves trying to see who can be the most “outraged” at the Court’s decision. Granted, judicial activism is not what the nation’s founding father’s had intended, but honestly, what do we do when the people vote (8 years ago, mind you) to ban gay marriage, but the elected governor supports and elected legislature vote to approve gay marriage? I sometimes wonder what would have happened if Lyndon B. Johnson didn’t make as many socially progressive executive orders outlawing segregation. I mean, if it was up to a vote of the people, as the current outcry calls for, segregation most likely would have continued.
The next question and a glimpse into the future. Model Gay couple A gets married in CA and then moves to, let’s say, Texas. Texas has a ban on gay marriage. Gay couple sues the state of Texas, saying that it is violating the “Full Faith & Credit” part of the Constitution as Texas won’t recognize the marriage license from CA…or even more, that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA, which prevents states from having to recognize gay marriage) signed by President Bill Clinton is in conflict with the 14th Amendment/Equal Protections clause to the Constitution. What’s going to trump? DOMA or the Constitution?
At the end of the day, gay marriage is going to stick. Massachusetts coincidentally has the lowest divorce rates of the country. Gay marriage lets committed couples legally codify and socially cement their relationships, which builds strong communities. Don’t fall off your chairs when you read this, but gay couples CAN be monogamous…and many are. We’re not really all that different.
Anyway, that’s all for today. Gay marriage is here. The sky is not falling. The earth’s crust didn’t open up and swallow California (yet), there was no tsunami wiping out all of West Hollywood and the Castro (so don’t steal that idea, Pat Robertson & James Dobson). We’re just taking one step forward to creating real equality.
Have a great day!