A close decision, but the Supreme Court today decided that marriage was a right for all, straight or gay.
I’m a traditional guy. I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. That said, I’m pretty sure that if I were in a voting booth and had to pull a lever either for or against, I couldn’t, with clear conscience, vote against gay marriage. I couldn’t walk out of a voting booth and look into the eyes of people I know who are gay and whom I care about and tell them I voted against a chance to experience the happiness straight men and women enjoy.
So while I’m a traditional guy, I’m not a fanatic. Of course, I would have liked this issue to have been resolved by people walking into a voting booth and deciding. Sooner or later, gay marriage was going to be a fact in this country. In the big scheme of things, I don’t think it’s a bad thing the Court decided it sooner rather than later. We have more important things to worry about. It’s time to move on.
One thing I will say is that I simply can’t equate a gay couple being denied the right to marry with Emmett Till. Oddly enough, even though I would have voted for the right of gays to marry and even though I am very happy that this night people in love are planning and dreaming about things they couldn’t have ten years ago, I’ve lost quite a bit of respect for supporters of gay marriage. I don’t think that someone who opposes gay marriage is in the same league as the KKK. They have another point of view. A point of view held, in fact, by our president some years back. I think back on the retaliation of those who voted for California’s Proposition 8 faced and have to wonder who it is, really, who is intolerant.
I wish everyone affected by this ruling happiness. I hope too that supporters of gay marriage find a little soul in their success.