Finally. A Federal judge has brought the US into the twenty-first century by ruling in favor of gay marriage.
I love this judge. At last, somebody had the guts to step up and say the obvious: that the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violates the Fifth Amendment right to equal protection under the law. I say “obvious” because DOMA withholds federal benefits from some married people — same-sex couples — but not from others.
That’s a victory for gay marriage, for our legal system … and for common sense. Listen: If you’re in love and you want to get married, you ought to be able to do that without the government giving you any static. Ellen DeGeneres, for example, is legally married to someone she loves; the person she loves just happens to be another woman. If you think it’s the government’s business to tell her that she ought to be married to somebody else, or not married at all, then you and I have a big disagreement about what the government’s job is supposed to be.
I believe that it doesn’t matter who you are, what you do, or who you marry. We live in the USA in the year 2012. If you want to get married, you ought to be able to get married to whomever you want. That means men marrying men and women marrying women, if that’s what they decide. What does it matter? And if your idea of “defending” traditional marriage is taking benefits away from same sex couples who are already married – then I think you are crazy. Give me a break!
This case may go to the Supreme Court. You know what? I hope it does. A hundred years ago, there were plenty of laws on the books that made marriages between blacks and whites illegal. The Supreme Court threw those racist state laws out in 1967. If the Supreme Court wants to do the right thing now, it will throw DOMA out, too — and it will ignore all the loud, bigoted voices in this country, the voices saying that making gay marriage illegal is different from outlawing marriages based on race. It’s not. It’s the same damn mistake, no matter how many people line up at the mall, or around the block, saying otherwise.
I realize people have strong feelings on this issue … but personally, I think the people who are working hard right now to get this judge’s ruling overturned are working for all the wrong reasons. Actually, I bet some of those people are probably gay, but just don’t want to admit that to themselves or anyone else. They need to get over themselves, get into a decent relationship, and get married.
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