Posted by purplemary54 on February 15, 2014
Change is coming. Faster than I’d even hoped for.
State bans on same-sex marriage are being struck down by federal courts, left and right (I mean that both politically and geographically). Virginia is just the latest. This morning, there was news that the adorable and talented Ellen Page has come out; she’s just the latest public figure to strike another blow at the wall of ignorance that has surrounded so many for so long. I think that within the next five years, legal same-sex marriage will come to every state.
There will also be federal anti-discrimination laws protecting the GLBTQ community. Kansas is helping pave the way for this, even though they don’t seem to know it yet. Kansas, in a terrible throwback to Jim Crow, is about to pass a sweeping law that will basically make gay couples an oppressed underclass. Now, a law that makes it okay for government officials to deny services to a same-sex couple (or anyone who might be associated with a same-sex couple, read: all gay people) is destined to be struck down by the Supreme Court. By any Supreme Court. Possibly even the Supreme Court that made the Dred Scott decision. You can’t allow people in government, or anywhere really, to refuse to provide a legal service to anyone because that person offends their religious beliefs. I tutor students every day that espouse opinions that offend every fiber of my being, but I don’t treat them any differently than any other student. I’m not allowed to. If a clerk at the DMV refused to assist a Muslim woman because she was wearing a hijab, everyone would be up in arms. It’s the same thing if you discriminate against gay people. Worse, in some ways, because how you pray is a choice; your sexuality isn’t. Kansas is trying to pretend that this isn’t a straight Jim Crow law, but it is. And it will fall.
All of this hatred and bigotry and discrimination will fall. You can hear the rumbling and the cracking of the wall.