I know that today is “Fun Friday” but when something in history takes precedence it’s important for all of us to stop what we are doing, take notice and show the respect that has been rightly earned.
Today, in a 5 – 4 ruling, the Supreme Court of the United States has declared national marriage equality.
When we think of all those who contributed to this idea there is literally no way to sum it up or give due credit to all of them. LGBTQ rights have been a heated and intensely debate social movement for decades now and has been responsible for the spending of billions (and I would guess trillions in total) of dollars in the process.
Firstly, let me honor all those who have paid the ultimate price for their sexuality in this struggle. The list will never truly be complete either and for this we must morn. We must also honor all those who actually got out there and put legs on this movement. We will never have every name of every person in the long history of this movement who wrote, spoke, marched, sang, deliberated, organized, prepared legal documents and leaflets, picketed, prayed, and fought in courtrooms for this day to finally arrive.
There is, at all times, something greater seeking to emerge through humanity. We know this because it is self evident in the world; not because any theology has told us so. We know this because humanity has, as I have always maintained, accomplished more when working together than it ever has in oppression. Discoveries that have changed humanity have come from all races, creeds, religions, sexual orientations, socio-economic status and people of physical disabilities. This is our reminder that all of humanity has value and it’s appropriate to then value that which most closely and directly strengthens those bonds and the only thing I know of with such connective prowess is LOVE.
I have said before that I am a “Marriage Abolitionist” and that’s still true. However, if we DO decide that we want to live in a country of equality and freedom and if there are still those who wish to use theological/religious terminology in those laws will have to surrender their terminology to equality under those laws.
Today let us celebrate the idea that freedom has never been about empowering any one perspective but instead creating the fertile ground for every perspective to be freely expressed. This is not because any one person or opinion is so much more important than another but more so because we value the idea that at any moment any human being may contribute the most valuable perspective, understanding or discovery in any given moment. When we remind ourselves of this we make every human being more valuable and we make decisions that do not restrict their individual expression.
This decision, while being an amazing and powerful recognition of the value of all marriages and loving relationships and partnerships, is also about reminding us to apply this same view to all that we do. Love connects us and we all have value. It’s time to let our laws, economy, business practices, foreign policy, social views, politics and every area of human creation to be driven by this divine impulsion so that this becomes one of a multitude of opportunities for us to celebrate victory, #LoveWins