Slowly But Surely the Walls of Prejudice Are Beginning to Crumble

By: Tom Butts

A key part of the law banning federal recognition of same-sex marriage (DOMA) was struck down as unconstitutional by a U.S. appeals court Thursday.

We’ve heard a few decisions regarding this matter; the reason this one stands out to me is that it’s the second court to make the same decision but what raises my eyebrow of hope is that this court is not a “liberal” West Coast court but an Eastern one.  The other twist: both judges who claim that DOMA is not constitutional are (ready for this?)…REPUBLICAN.

What?!

Yes, ‘tis true, Republican.

Looking at the Constitution, they have decided that DOMA truly doesn’t provide citizens in this segment of population equal rights.

Remember this little ditty from School House Rock days:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Well, it was my way of memorizing and learning about a very important part of “Americana” – our preamble to the Constitution.

I think as we move forward and people open their minds to what’s fair, not necessarily what’s their opinion, we will look back and see that people were on the right side of history.

In Washington State (a favorite of mine), people are overwhelmingly in support of gay marriage 55% to 33%.  More and more of my conservative friends are continuing to hold strong to their beliefs but realize that two separate sets of rules for humans are not the way our country works.

Just the words, mixed race marriage, women’s vote…they’re archaic at best.  In a few years, I’m hoping that “gay marriage” will perhaps mean what it did in the 1930’s – “happy marriage”.

Tom Butts out…

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