This has nothing to do with web, technology or marketing. But occasionally I like to talk about notable events around the world, and I feel that today is a significant step forward in the fight for gay rights.
In significant but incomplete victories for gay rights, today the Supreme Court struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California.
The justices issued two 5-4 rulings in their final session of the term. One decision wiped away part of a federal anti-gay marriage law that has kept legally married same-sex couples from receiving tax, health and pension benefits.
The other was a technical ruling that said nothing at all about same-sex marriage, but left in place a trial court’s declaration that California’s Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. That outcome probably will allow state officials to order the resumption of same-sex weddings in the nation’s most populous state within the month.
President Obama praised the court’s ruling on the federal marriage act, which he labeled “discrimination enshrined in law.”
But I’m not gay. So why do I care so much about this?
I don’t really have any gay friends or family members. This isn’t my attempt to stand up for someone that I know who is gay. This is simply an issue that I can’t believe is an issue. What if I told you that black people shouldn’t be allowed to marry? I’d be a monster of a racist, right? Telling gay people they can’t marry is the exact same thing!
Why in the hell would anybody want to discriminate against somebody because of their sexual preference? Is this the 1800’s because if so you really gotta see this Internet thing – it will blow your mind.
I’m really saddened and frustrated by all of the ignorant, brain-washed protesters that fight to keep equality away from another person just because they don’t understand their sexual preference. Just like how you look at your racist grandmother and can’t believe how freely she uses the N-word…This is exactly how our grandchildren are going to look at our generation – as these shameful old people who hate gays. I for one do not want to be a part of that group.
With today’s ruling, same-sex marriage is now legal in 13 states. 30% of Americans now live in a state where gay couples can legally marry, and nearly half live in a state that recognizes gay relationships in some form, be it marriage or civil union.
Here’s to hoping that today’s progress sheds a little light on the topic and keeps us moving forward.