Is this how people felt when horse drawn carriages were being replaced by motorcars? I feel so lucky to be living in this time when so much progress is happening right before my eyes.
With fairness in their hearts and the law on their side, the majority Republican California Supreme Court ruled that is was against their Constitution to deny same sex couples the same rights and privileges granted their straight brothers and sisters.
"An individual's sexual orientation -- like a person's race or gender -- does not constitute a legitimate basis upon which to deny or withhold legal rights," Chief Justice George wrote. "Reserving the historic designation of 'marriage' exclusively for opposite-sex couples poses at least a serious risk of denying the family relationship of same-sex couples . . . equal dignity and respect..."
Unfortunately, my family doesn't live in CA, we're in Maryland, where the justices of our Supreme Court, just this last September, heartbreakingly upheld a 1973 ban on equal marriage rights, even though it was clear they knew it was wrong. Absent clear evidence of discrimination, the court declared (because, God knows, LGBT people aren't discriminated against in housing, jobs, family court, hospital visitation rights, inheritance laws, tax status, insurance matters or anything like that...) "judicial intervention is generally unwarranted no matter how unwisely we may think a political branch has acted."
In other words, if the people in the majority decides to merrily oppress the minority - have at it! Why would the courts - of all institutions - show an interest in Constitutional principles? Why, the whole thing is just silly.
Luckily, the California Supreme Court still thinks it has a responsibility to enforce equal protection under the law. You go, CASC!
Meanwhile, I can't wait to see that the nutters in CA - not to mention the rest of this great, free Nation, have to say about the prospect of people of whom they don't approve enjoying the same basic marriage rights that only they're entitled to abuse through adultery, divorce and domestic violence.
Already, the charmingly named Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council explains
Many people have told me I need to join MySpace, so I did. (I'm easy that way.) Apparently, MySpace is very helpful when marketing a book - like this one!
I like the way you can "meet" people, but I don't really get what MySpace does. I suppose I'll have to educate myself.
But why do MySpace pages have to be so butt ugly? I've never seen more cluttered design in my life. They look like electronic ransom notes. Check out the mess below. Yikes! And this isn't just my page - most of them are this bad. Ugh.
I don't mind some advertising on a free service, but the entire right third of this page looks like Google Adwords threw up on it. Horrible.
And the functionality of a MySpace page - sheesh! When I was writing my profile, there were no rich formatting text tools - no way to make fonts italics or underlined or to indent a list. You had to either write your post in HTML or something called CSS sytle sheets or some such. What?
I though MySpace was supposed to be for the masses - they can't have a button to make your text bold? I have to code simple text in HTML? Am I writing an online profile or going for my Microsoft.net certification?
What makes a person good and decent? Its a question I asked myself when I read the following story in my news feed. (The story is after the break). It's a question that prompted me to sit down at the computer and write the following rant, which poured out over 45 minutes on a rainy Saturday morning when I should be playing with my kids. This is probably my longest post ever, but I had to get it off my chest. I feel better now.
People fighting for equal marriage rights have long argued that so
called "defense of marriage" acts will have unintended consequences.
By passing laws that, by their very definition, label LGBT people as
somehow "other," alien, lesser, as not deserving the same rights and
responsibilities as other human beings, you were setting up millions of
Americans for a future of legalized discrimination and persecution.
Now, to be fair, I know some good and decent people who
struggle with the idea of two men or two women getting married. I get
it. It's new, it's different, it's not something they ever considered.
Change is scary. They feel threatened. Maybe it's not what they learned
in church, or in school. I get it.
Now, to my mind, that's where a good and decent person starts. But a
good and decent person is open to forming new opinions and beliefs. They'll
realize that a strong and moral society evolves, that people become
more free, not less, and that the prejudices of the majority must never be used
as excuses to oppress a minority. They'll understand that equal
marriage doesn't threaten anyone - more loving couples and
families strengthen our culture. That, even if they'd make different
choices for themselves or their family, even if there religion teaches
otherwise, it's wrong for them to use the law to force their
beliefs on their neighbors. A good and decent person can change.