Hey y’all! I’m SO sorry about not blogging on Friday. Truthfully, last week was PACKED with all sorts of exciting life things, and I’ve been out living things, and moving and shaking, that I just didn’t have time to sit down at the computer and create something worth reading. And of course, all of those things I was out doing… well, I’ll eventually tell you all about them.
But until then, let’s discuss what actually happened on Friday: When the Supreme Court of the United States (aka, SCOTUS) ruled that gay marriage is LEGAL!
I was delighted to see so many happy people and so much love on Friday — “Love Wins” was everywhere and it was really a beautiful thing. But I must admit two things: 1. I wasn’t sure of the ins and outs of the ruling, and 2. That fact made me nervous because when something really, really good happens, I always just assume it’s too good to be true and something bad is lurking around the corner.
So, I did what I always do in uncertain times: I Googled.
I found a really informative article from The Atlantic, “Gay Marriage is Now a Constitutional Right in the United States of America,” explains that Justice Anthony Kennedy was the swing vote that everyone was hoping for… and he’s Catholic. What?
The article also outlines five great points that helped the vote happen:
- Decisions about marriage are among the most intimate that an individual can make.
- [Marriage] supports a two-person union unlike any other in its importance to the committed individuals.
- Same-sex couples have the same right as opposite-sex couples to enjoy intimate association.
- Protecting the right to marry safeguards children and families and thus draws meaning from related rights of childrearing, procreation, and education.
- Rising from the most basic human needs, marriage is essential to our most profound hopes and aspirations.
CAN I GET AN AMEN?!!?
In an article from NPR, it’s made very clear: States cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. BOOM.
Also note, “Before Friday’s ruling, gay marriage had already been made legal in 37 states and the District of Columbia — by either legislative or voter action or by federal courts that overturned state’ bans,” the NPR article stated.
The article also goes into greater detail about the court cases the ruling derived from, one in particular involving Jim Obergefell, who challenged Ohio’s ban on same-sex marriage. He filed suit because he wasn’t allowed to put his name on his late husband John Arthur’s death certificate after Arthur died from ALS.
When you really think about it, part of the American dream is getting married, and to know that it took this long to give every single American that right, is really a little crazy.
But, my real question is what happens now? Will the ruling be challenged?
From my lite reading, it seems the biggest fear in the ruling is that religious liberty will be negatively affected. What will happen to those who don’t support gay marriage?
Frankly, who gives a damn?
Back at The Atlantic, they bring up the three major issues likely to come up after the ruling:
- Gay adoption.
- The tax-exempt status of religious organizations that wish to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.
- The obligation of private churches and individuals to recognize and perform same-sex marriages.
I think those are all things we can tackle — but, as with anything, we shall see. Right now, I’m just pretty freaking happy that people are getting some basic rights around here. I’ll say it again: JUST LET US LIVE!
Meanwhile, watch this video only because her impression of Mike Huckabee is hysterical! Happy Monday, kiddos — make it a decent one!