Last night was the first night of Passover where we tell the story of my people’s freedom from slavery under the yoke of the ancient Pharaoh.
Today, my people are the LGBTQ community. Why? Because my son is gay and my heart is naturally and strongly drawn to them and their struggles for civil rights. Today the Supreme Court hears arguments about why Prop 8 should be overturned. Wednesday they hear arguments on DOMA, the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.
I’m not an attorney, but it all seems pretty clear to me. Two people who love each other should have the right to marry and have their marriage recognized, not only in the state in which they marry, but in every state. Every time I hear someone talk about letting the states or the people decide I want to scream. We didn’t let the people decide that it was right to end segregation. It was right and it was ended, even though it some cases it was done forcibly. We didn’t let the states decide whether or not an interracial couple could marry. That was clearly wrong and the Supreme Court struck down the miscegenation laws once and for all. For the life of me, I don’t see how this is different. States and people don’t get to decide it’s okay to discriminate against gay and lesbian couples and families. Period. It is wrong. Period.
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