Marriage is one of the “basic civil rights of man,” fundamental to our very existence and survival.
The Supreme Court of the United States, June 12, 1967
Obama wouldn’t be alive if it weren’t for this ruling (Loving vs. Virginia, against miscegenation laws), so it’s incomprehensible to me that his Justice Department is trying to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act (enacted under Clinton, of all people, who maybe thought he could bring some sanctity back to his own marriage if he kept gay people from joining him).
Now we have a court in Massachusetts (thank God for Massachusetts, despite Scott Brown) ruling that it’s only “irrational prejudice” that excludes married people of the same sex from federal benefits and, by the way, marriage is the province of the states, not the federal government; and a court in California trying to decide whether Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.
At least Elena Kagan will have some time to work her powerful intellect, humor, and charm on all those old white male (whoops, sorry Justice Thomas, forgot about you, but that’s because you never say anything; you just join those other guys in private) Catholic bigots before they get to decide if their own marriages will last.
And in case they have any doubts, let them hear the loving words of Mildred Loving:
Surrounded as I am now by wonderful children and grandchildren, not a day goes by that I don’t think of Richard and our love, our right to marry, and how much it meant to me to have that freedom to marry the person precious to me, even if others thought he was the “wrong kind of person” for me to marry. I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry.
Mildred Loving, June 12, 2007