“DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment.”
My reaction to the ruling was a cross between DUH and AMEN. On one hand, I’m irritated that it took this long (or was even necessary in the first place) to allow two people of the same-sex to have the equal rights as a couple.
On the other hand, YAY!!!!!!
The “holier than thou” folk will conveniently
ignore forget that the template for Christianity is tolerance and forgiveness, and when they begin casting their stones, they’ll say it’s in the name of Jesus. I have to wonder if any of these people actually know a homosexual. Like, really know one. Not in passing, not from Modern Family, but have had conversations about work or aspirations or shared a joke with a gay or lesbian. When I was in college, I took a class on learning and behavioral disabilities. I learned to always put the person before the disability: I do not have autistic students; I have students who have autism. It just makes sense to put the person first.
I can’t look a man in the face and tell him that he is not worthy of love. Of equality. I can’t shrug off a woman’s tears because she has been denied the right to be with her dying spouse in a hospital room.
Not many things in life are black or white; often, we’re left in an area of greyed doubt and wish-washy deliberation. But when it comes to human rights, there is nothing clearer or more emphatic. The human comes first.
As Kennedy read the majority opinion from the bench, cries were heard in the courtroom when the justice delivered the verdict that DOMA violates the Fifth Amendment. A number of same-sex couples sitting in the audience looked up at the ceiling, while others wiped away tears.
I’m bracing myself for the inevitable “free but not equal” backlash, but for today, I am thankful for a 5-4 majority ruling in the name of progress and equality.
Thank you, Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Thank you.