Saturday, June 27, 2015

"No Longer May This Liberty be Denied to Them"


The Supreme Court of the United States has finally rendered its decision in the matter of same sex marriage, and they came down on the side of right, of history, in affirming that same sex marriage is OK. 

Just read these few powerful words from the majority opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy:

"The Court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them."
"The Court, in this decision, holds same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry in all States. ...They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. It is so ordered."

And you know what?  The sun rose today, and will again tomorrow.   The Apocalypse is not upon us, and the "institution of marriage" goes on, arguably even stronger than before since it's now a bigger tent.

As I have many times here, I must echo the words of Duncan Black and ask:

Watching some conservatives completely lose their shit over this Supreme Court ruling (including 4 Supreme Court justices) is entertaining but also just bizarre. I mean, why do they care so much? No one is making you get gay married. No one is telling your pastor he has to have God bless this legal arrangement established by the state.

The only theory I can come up with is that they're running out of people who it's acceptable to hate, and when there's no one left to hate what will be the fun in life, really?

And this one, where the light bulb finally goes on in the mind of a staunch conservative.  People, this is how change happens, one person at a time:

Conservative pundit and CNN contributor S.E. Cupp began to tear up on-air on Friday as she urged the Republican Party to embrace gay marriage after the Supreme Court upheld it as the law of the land.

“It’s hard not to watch that and get emotional," Cupp said of the rolling footage showing couples celebrating the ruling.
“Those people there are not pariahs, they’re patriots,” she continued.
She said the couples were simply looking for "human dignity" and the benefits that are allowed for straight couples under legal marriage.
"I would challenge members of my party to look at the faces on the right hand of your screen, and ask yourself if they deserve the same kind of dignity that the rest of us get to enjoy," Cupp said.
"And so for my party — which I deeply, deeply love — my party really has to reconcile with the fact that we are going to become relics if we don’t get to where these people are," she added.

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