Love, Equality, Dignity Win!
Today, in a 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS“) ruled that same-sex couples have the equal right to marry as everyone else in the country. (In a recent blog post, I wrote on awaiting the decision and thinking beyond it.)
The Obergefell decision means that in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, marriage equality is the law of the land. In this ruling, the Court reaffirmed the principle that the freedom to marry is a fundamental right guaranteed under the US Constitution, and that all citizens are equal under the law.
Not everyone is happy
No surprise, not everyone is happy with the decision. Four justices dissented. Conservative pundits already have warned of the coming apocalypse that could follow this decision. Some critics even likened the freedom to marry ruling to the infamous Dred Scott decision of 1857 (in which SCOTUS ruled that all Blacks, enslaved or free, were not and could never be citizens of the USA) and the still vigorously debated Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 (holding that a woman’s decision to end her pregnancy is constitutionally protected). Needless to say, the fight is not over.
Work to be done even beyond marriage
Whether we are members of the LGBTQIA community or its Allies, those of us who are happy about the decision know that today’s celebrations do not eclipse need for yet more work to be done beyond marriage.
Our struggles for equality and equity, for justice and fairness, for liberation, are long. No one victory solves all the problems or issues we may face. It is OK to rejoice in a win, to take a beat, a breath, and spring back into the work of making this country A More Perfect Union.
Southerners on New Ground may have said it best: we celebrate this moment, honor the labor and courage of those who made it possible, and commit to continue the struggle for our collective liberation.
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- It’s an interfaith kind of day—Amici Briefs in support of marriage equality from numerous denominations & over 2,000 clergy
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- In 1967 Loving v. Virginia granted people of different races the freedom to marry
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- Violence against LGBTQIA people continues to be a major problem
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- This decision was not delivered in a vacuum, and many of us are still mourning the most recent deaths from anti-Black violence that is also this nation’s unsolved legacy (Andy Marlette in News Journal):