It is gratifying to have a decision by the Supreme Court that makes sense. This court is conservative by just about any measure, but today’s decisions striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 in California restore a little faith that on occasion our government institutions can come down on the side of the People.
I have often written that allowing same-sex marriage is a no-brainer. If you have a constitution that guarantees life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to all citizens, then you cannot make a law prohibiting a certain group from those pursuits. And from a purely human standpoint, who is to say what is right and wrong when two people are in love?
You can be sure there will be much howling and hand-wringing by the religious right and political conservatives. Some may even be sincere in their concerns, but the returns are in and it’s time for everyone to reset their expectations.
You can also be sure that there will be enormous obstacles for the LGBT community—states will legislate against same-sex marriage, and politicians and religious dingbats will indulge in more noisy hypocrisy for their own personal gain.
But for once there is a court decision made in favor of love. Today you can follow your hearts. I hear wedding bells, boys and girls.
Now if we can just slap down mass surveillance of every citizen in America.