I keep harping on marriage equality because it is still an important one in the history of the LGBT movement. It’s tremendously painful to watch the courts legitimize this and then put those same rulings on “hold.”
This all began in New Mexico back in February of 2004, then Iowa in 2007, and most famously in California in 2008. This trend has become even more painful since the rulings by the Supreme Court in US v. Windsor, which declared that Section 3 of DOMA unconstitutional and Hollingsworth v. Perry, which addressed Prop 8 in California. Fortunately, California legalized marriage quickly after this ruling, but the issue of equality is often marred by quickly being overturned. Look at Arkansas, where couples only had five days that they could get married. We celebrated too quickly.
This trend is becoming all too common. As soon as we get the equal right to marriage, it is quickly and efficiently opposed by those who do not want LGBT couples to get married aka Republican judges. It is, in part, a misunderstanding between what “traditional” marriage supporters and marriage equality supporters think marriage is. To many in the LGBT community, it isn’t a matter of religion (although if a church chooses to marry a same sex couple, that’s their right). In the end, this is purely and simply a civil issue. Every time the so-called gay agenda makes a step forward, the bigots rally together to take down the civil rights advancement. Just watch Fox’s Sean Hannity go berserk anytime he brings this up.
Folks, this is another time when we need to keep our vigilance at an all-time high. While we achieve our goal of equality, the opposition will oppose us. Never stop acting up my friends. This is the time we need to keep up our fight.
David Giammarella is a BNR contributing writer, an actor, writer, poet, and caffeine addict. He works tirelessly as an LGBTQIA advocate and a Beat rebel. Find him on twitter: @ActorDavidEllis