So, last Friday gay people were finally elevated to being like everyone else in the Country with equal protection under the Constitution, and the ability to marry.
The original definition of marriage was that the woman would become property of their husbands. The original definition of black people was that they were slaves and unequal to white people. And, women did not have the right to vote.
This must have been the way it was back in the 18th Century, because everyone celebrated the Constitution. Times have changed and we really shouldn’t be surprised it took so long for gay people to get further along to the way of equality. Gays and lesbians can still be fired just for being homosexual and they can also be denied housing for the same reason.
The Supreme Court’s ruling was quite unusual. The opponents of same sex marriage, especially Chief Justice Roberts was incoherent, made no sense and went against the Constitution. His argument being that having the Court rule in favor of same sex marriage would hurt gays in the long run since they had the decision made by the Court and not by popular vote.
How words this ridiculous could coming out of a Chief Justice’s mouth is beyond comprehension and in my belief grounds for removal. Mr. Roberts, you should know that the purpose of the Courts in the US government is to protect the minority from the majority as in a mob rule type circumstance.
The role of the Court is to interpret the Constitution for protection for all. The courts have decided most all civil rights cases. Most recently in 1967 when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing inter-racial marriage. At that time 70% of the Country was against it. There was no call for ‘waiting until the public accepted these unions.’ The Court did its job in Constitutional fairness to all.
An independent body to explain what his words meant and why he is justifying going against the judicial system of the United States should question Roberts. As I said, his ignoring the purpose of the courts is grounds for removal.
Religious freedom? Depends on how it is defined. In my mind, if you own a business you have no right to turn any customer away. If you use the religious freedom copout, you can legally discriminate and you cannot serve black people, inter-racial couples and/or gays.
Everyone has the right to practice his or her individual religious freedoms on his or her own. When you become a for-profit business I believe you lose the right to discriminate and decide whom you will serve, cater, or make floral arrangements for.
The business world is different than your personal life. In your own home if you don’t agree with same sex marriage and don’t want to invite a couple to dinner, that’s your propagative. If you own a business no you don’t get to decide who you will work with and who you won’t. If you want to stay in business you must work with anyone that comes into your place of business and asks for your services.
The United States of America does not allow discrimination. The days of ‘separate but equal’ are over. When you run a for profit business you do not get to choose your clientele. You help people as they come in the door.
So, if you are a priest, rabbi or imam and have sacred holy issues with performing a same sex marriage and you work in a non-profit religious organization I believe you shouldn’t have to perform same sex marriages. Just like you don’t have to perform marriages for adulterers and divorced people. There should be no penalty for that.
If you are some homophobic person who owns a bakery, no, you don’t get to decide who your customers will be. Your business is there in the public sector to make money. That’s not denying you any religious freedom. It is denying the customer from discrimination.
It is a great time for gays in America. Most importantly it’s a great time for the youth of the Country who know they can grow up and get married. To have them know there is no discrimination against them; they are equal to their heterosexual peers.
And, like Bill Maher said the other night, same sex marriage is not mandatory!