I try to not get political too often on this blog, but this is something that I felt I needed to post. I ask anyone who feels like leaving a comment to please be respectful, and if you disagree with this post or find reading it to be uncomfortable, please just respectfully move along and come back next post.
I find it fitting that same-sex marriage was legalized at the end of Pride week, and right before all of the annual Pride weekend celebrations. There was so much more to celebrate this year!
I’m proud of my country for Friday’s Supreme Court ruling on legalizing same-sex marriages nationwide. I know a lot of people are elated, a lot of people are very upset, and I’m sure that many are likely indifferent. I believe that equal rights means equal rights among citizens of this country, and I can’t help but think that the all of the protest against allowing same-sex marriage has got to be similar to when the United States Supreme Court legalized interracial marriage in 1967. Less than 50 years ago, it was still illegal in several states (ironically some of those same states affected by Friday’s Supreme Court ruling) for two people of different races to marry, and punishable by jail time.
I can’t imagine (in either situation) being legally married in one state, and being told by another state that your marriage is invalid, or even running the risk of being jailed for being in such a marriage.
Similarly to allowing same-sex marriage, many states had already passed laws that were repealed prior to the Supreme Court ruling in 1967, by popular vote. I hope that 48 years from now, we look back on this year’s ruling with the same shock or disgust that I look back on that ruling with – how could that even have been necessary? Why wasn’t it already allowed? Same-sex marriage has been legal in my state since 2012, so this decision has perhaps affected my state somewhat less than those that are being dragged, kicking and screaming, into giving all of its citizens equal rights.
It seems that a lot of the outcry is that legalizing same-sex marriage is “destroying the sanctity” of marriage. I’m not sure how allowing a couple to legally marry, that has already been in a committed monogamous relationship for decades in some circumstances, causes harm to the idea or institution of marriage, while the many celebrity marriages that have famously already turned into a divorce before the leftover cake has gone stale, are quite alright?
Another objection is that allowing same-sex marriage goes against Christian teachings. However, I feel that many of the people making this objection have forgotten one of the key parts of the First Amendment: separation of church and state. Unlike some countries, ours does not have an official religion, which was one of the ideas that our country was founded on. I feel that if you don’t agree with same-sex marriage… then don’t get one.
I do not define as any of the groups under “LBGTQ”, but I have friends and family of family that do, and I am thankful for those who have married or those who plan to marry that their marriages will be recognized nationwide as legal and valid.
I know mine was not the first country to legalize same-sex marriage as a nation, and I very much hope we won’t be the last. I know it’s made a bit of a stir worldwide, and it was wonderful to read blogs from other countries that were supportive of our changes.