In an important way, marriage was reborn in America on Wednesday, 26 June 2013, with the two Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage.
Yes, I know: the road to Wednesday began a long time ago, with Vermont recognizing civil unions as one landmark, with Stonewall in 1969 as another even earlier landmark. It’s been a long road.
And there’s a long way to go. Wednesday there was no Roe v. Wade nationalizing the freedom so many have been seeking. Gay marriage is still up to the states, and in some states change may be a very long time in coming.
But the federal government now officially recognized gay marriage and the California decision enshrines the essential unreasonableness of the war against the right of gay and Lesbian folks to get married.
We have turned a corner. This is a turning utterly unimaginable 40 years ago, when freedom from violent persecution was the highest hope of many in the gay community.
Those of us in sympathy with or part of the struggles of the LGBT community for dignity and human rights can well rejoice.
But there is a special lesson in all of this for those of us who’ve always had the freedom to marry. We’ve been given (more…)