Today we will hear from the US Supreme Court their ruling about the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8. These two cases will be watershed rulings on the status of LGBTQ people as it pertains to marriage in the US. However, today my Civil Union/Marriage to my wife of 13 years will not suddenly become legal. The tide has not come in. It is simply making a turn toward what will one day be the norm.
Perhaps it is so in every generation that this moment of national momentum compels people to define the decision (the right of a woman to vote or have reproductive choice, the right of an African American to vote or go to a better school) as complete and not a stepping-stone along a much longer path toward equality. Like with voting and desegregation it was the beginning of an intense period of push back that, in some places, still persists today. Yesterday’s decision on the Voting Rights Act and all of the state based restrictions on a woman’s right to reproductive choice are examples of how these decisions were moments (albeit very important ones!) in a much longer arch of history that is bending toward justice but that demands our vigilance, our persistence, our commitment.
Today we will hear what the status of those California marriages are and how the states must respond to the unconstitutionality of DOMA. Today we will know how to spend our energy in the days and months and years ahead. Today we will see if we move forward, stay static, of go backward as separate and unequal members of this country. Today we will hear from the US Supreme Court their ruling about the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8.
This IS the day that the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it.