So, I figured I’d write a quick post. The Supreme Court rulings went the way I pretty much expected them to. I knew there wouldn’t be a seeping ruling, declaring same-sex marriage legal for all 50 states. It’ll be legal in California in a short period of time again. Also, Section iii of DOMA was overturned, which is to be expected. The narrow 5-4 rulings were also expected. It’s not everything that needed to be done, but it is progress.
Although it’s not great, I am happy that the Supreme Court punted Prop 8 because the proponents didn’t have standing. It basically tells groups like NOM and FRC that the Supreme Court doesn’t buy their shit about being “victims.” Now, when NOM shoots out another “story” for their silly little “Anti-Defamation Alliance”, people can respond by saying, “You’re full of shit, and the Supreme Court thinks so, too.” Prop 8 was punted because the proponents of it couldn’t show any demonstrable harm that rescinding Prop 8 would cause them. We all knew they had nothing, and now it is recognized in the highest court of law. Another advantage of this ruling is that other states could possibly overturn their ballot measures and cite this case as precedent. Perhaps, marriage equality could come to more states more quickly. So, the ruling is certainly something we can work with.
However, I am not happy about the Supreme Court’s decision on the Voting Rights Act. It shames me to realize that I haven’t followed this as much as I should have. Although we may have made progress on racial prejudice since the 1965, it is undeniable that racism and white privilege still exist in this country. I believe the protections need to still be in place and it is a shame that they won’t be. It is a tragic injustice, which should be given as much coverage as the Prop 8 and DOMA rulings.
“If you won’t listen to reason, there’s always…Towanda.”