Awesome news! The Obama administration encouraged the Supreme Court Friday to halt the bans on same-sex marriage across the entire country.
The federal government stated:
There is no adequate justification for such discriminatory and injurious exercise of state power.
In further detail, the Justice Department said:
The marriage bans challenged in these cases impermissibly exclude lesbian and gay couples from the rights, responsibilities, and status of civil marriage. These facially discriminatory laws impose concrete harms on same-sex couples and send the inescapable message that same-sex couples and their children are second-class families, unworthy of the recognition and benefits that opposite-sex couples take for granted. The bans cannot be reconciled with the fundamental constitutional guarantee of ‘equal protection of the laws.’
Hmm… That sounds familiar – sort of like what a majority of Americans of every sexual orientation and identity have been saying publicly for nearly the last ten years.
Still, it’s good to see the federal government and the Obama administration take a stand for what we all should know is the right thing to do. After all, how weak are the oppositional arguments, anyway, right? How long can we, as a country, justify the bigotry due to the paltry claim and worry that a micro-fraction of the population might try to fake it until they financially make it by scamming their taxes and insurance companies? And conversely, how many more people who genuinely love each other are being treated as lesser citizens, denied all the rights of straight couples simply because they are “different,” because the Bible does not tell them so?
And we’re supposed to have separation of church and state?
Of course, we all know that just looks good in writing; we don’t actually live that way in this country, sadly, which is why religious ignorance has bled so thoroughly into our politics, our human and civil rights that, let’s remember, are unalienable. We possess our rights from birth, by right of being born at all. No government can grant or take them away, only the civil services that typically come with them, but it’s time to end all that.
The Obama administration knows that, and urges the rest of the country to wake up, and take a step forward for the sake of that grand American ideal – equality.