It’s going to be a big week in the news for Gay Marriage as the Supreme Court begins to hear arguments on the issue.
Let’s just hope they realize how far public opinion in favor of Gay Marriage has come and how fast…
Not that public opinion should matter when discussing Civil Rights, but anything that might sway the conservative majority on the Court helps….
It’s time all Americans have equal rights to love and happiness- not to mention financial security…..
Marriage is not a religious institution, but rather a legal right to protect all families equally….
I just hope at least 5 members of the Court realize it….
From the Huffington Post:
In just the last decade, millions of Americans, from former Vice President Dick Cheney to President Barack Obama, have changed their positions on the rights of gay people. On same-sex marriage in particular, there’s been a shift of opinion so dramatic that it leaves political historians grasping for comparisons. As the Supreme Court prepares to hear two historic cases that could shape the future of same-sex marriage in America, some activists privately worry that the country and its highest court still aren’t ready. They point to the millions of Americans who would still deny gays the right to the marry, the 32 states where same-sex marriage is still banned, and the fear of a backlash like the one that followed Roe v. Wade and froze progress in the pro-choice movement for decades.
But others say the time is right. In 2004, just 30 percent of Americans told pollsters that they supported legalizing same sex marriage. Less than a decade later, as one recent poll showed, that percentage has climbed to nearly 60. For the first time in history, the majority of Americans support gay rights
via Before The Supreme Court Considers Gay Marriage, An American Change Of Heart.
The Ghost of Jesse Helms
The Ghost of Jesse Helms visited the North Carolina legislature this week. I guess we were moving too far along the Progressive path and he feared his legacy was about to be forgotten, so he had to come back for a visit.
Jesse Helms- or at least his memory and his followers- are still alive and well and living in North Carolina. I forget that sometimes….
I remember when I moved here from Virginia years ago. I didn’t change the tags on my car for as long as possible as I couldn’t stand the thought of North Carolina tags on my car and people seeing them and linking me to Jesse Helms. In those days, he was a universal symbol of all that was hateful, judgmental, mean and petty. Back then, Virginia seemed the more reasonable state.
In more recent years, the loonies have taken over again in Virginia and North Carolina seemed to be becoming a bastion of sanity. Or at least a Purple State. It seemed the old ways and the old days were about to be forgotten and a new era was coming. North Carolina voters supported a Black man in the last presidential election and elected a woman as governor. We have openly gay mayors and legislators. We seemed to have finally put the past behind us and been ready to lead the way into the 21st Century of tolerance and peaceful, non-judgmental coexistence.
I guess it was too much for old Jesse. We all knew he was spinning in his grave and secretly feared something would unleash his ghost.
And it did….
The Ghost of Jesse Helms visited the North Carolina Legislature this week where the remaining followers of Jesse are trying to roll back the clock and bring back legalized discrimination.
By pushing a ballot initiative to ban any sort of recognition for Gay Relationships- not just marriage, but Domestic Partnerships or Civil Unions- the legislature has taken a giant step backwards.
They are showing they are behind the times and fighting a battle that was lost long ago. But in a region that is still fighting the Civil War, how can we expect an easy surrender to Civil Marriage.
Let’s be clear: Marriage is a civil, legal contract. No matter how much the Religious Right carries on, Religion has nothing to do with it. Churches can choose who they marry, but legislators should not choose who to discriminate against. This amendment denies equal protection under the law.
Today, North Carolina moved past a decade of healing and pulled the scab off an old, hateful wound.
My hope is that the people of North Carolina prove that they have moved on, even if their “representatives” have not.
My hope is that they will vote down this mean-spirited attempt to legislate hate, divide people and deny basic legal protection to a class of people.
My hope is the people of North Carolina truly turn out to be the open-minded and open-hearted people I have come to know and love over the past 20 years.
I think they really might surprise those legislators in Raleigh and send Jesse’s ghost away for good.
I hope so….
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