Friday, June 26, 2015

United States of America: 1; Bigots: 0

I'm speechless. Well, except for the following couple hundred words.

Today, the United States Supreme Court declared game over for homophobes and bigots everywhere. 

Of all the "political" wedge issues that have emerged in my lifetime, gay marriage was always the most perplexing, for it was always completely apolitical as far as I'm concerned. It was--and always has been--a matter of human rights, not politics. 

As Justice Kennedy wrote, the hope of same-sex couples is "not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization's oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The constitution grants them that right." (Emphasis mine).

I'm glad SCOTUS cleared up my confusion today by answering the following FAQ, if not in the actual holding, then in dicta:

Why should heterosexual couples care if gay couples get married? They shouldn't.
Does same-sex marriage dilute the institution of heterosexual marriage? No.
Are gay people entitled to equal protection under the law? Yes.
Are gay couples entitled to marry and raise families? Yes.
Can states continue to prohibit same-sex couples from marrying? No. 
Can we still trust our democracy and the United States Supreme Court to function properly every now and then? Yes.
Do we live in a country that is, at least in some contexts, willing to stand up and denounce state-sanctioned bigotry? Yes.
Is the arc of the moral universe long? Yes.
Does it bend toward justice? Yes.
Will some people think the world is ending because same-sex couples can marry? Yes.
Should those people get the fuck over themselves? Yes.
Will the world end? No.
Will the world actually be a much better place? Yes. 

AND, most importantly:

Will Rick Scarborough now set himself on fire? He'd better! Love is love, and a promise is a promise, Rick!

America: 1; Bigots: 0.

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