I made a decision a while back to mostly avoid political commentary on this page, other than beer-related things.
For today, though, I am going to break my self-imposed rule.
I can’t express enough how happy I am at the Supreme Court’s decision today regarding marriage equality. I have had friends in the LBGT community since before I even knew what that was. I lost friends to AIDS, and wept over their names on the Quilt when it was on display in DC. I have learned what it meant to be a straight ally, and am proud to count among some of my closest friends and mentors people who are gay and lesbian.
Today, finally, they have received acknowledgement that they have the right under the law to love who they love, just as any citizen of this country should have.
If you believe that – because of your so-called “faith” – that somehow their love or marriage somehow undermines yours, you need to take a deep look at your own relationships. This decision does not require you like or approve or all marriages, just as the abolishing of mixed-race marriage bans didn’t stop those bigots from continuing their hate. Nor does the decision require churches to perform marriages they do not approve of (like the Catholic Church’s position on divorcees). What it says is that in the United States of America, everyone has a legal right to marry the person they love. Period.
We still have a long way to go in this country in regards to equality, justice, and love, but today was a seminal moment of moving forward, and I for one am going to applaud it and start looking for some wedding invitations in the mail.