When do we lose that special innocence that children have? When does our moral compass become misaligned? Most children are horrified when they find out they are eating someone who was once alive. Even as a five year old I couldn’t grasp the fact that the piglet who had been our playmate was now being served for dinner. I couldn’t understand why people of color were treated differently than everyone else. I knew the war in Viet Nam was something horrendous. If you ask most children about gay marriage they quickly grasp the concept that anyone who is in love should be allowed to marry. When you are a child, fair is fair. And somewhere, along the way, we forget that.
Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court makes history. It rights a great wrong that has been going on far too long. Over the past few decades, we have evolved to understand that it really doesn’t matter who a person loves. Love is the important thing. Ask any child, and they will tell you.
I feel sorry for the people who are on the other side of history today. They have the same mindset that kept women from voting and blacks from sitting at the same lunch counter. Somehow allowing others to enjoy the same rights is threatening to them. And I don’t understand why.
Some people point to their religion as the reason they do not support this most basic of human rights. They point to the passage in Leviticus that forbids a man to lie with a man. However, they totally neglect the rest of that book. The parts that forbid astrology, tattoos, eating pork, wearing blended fabrics, and calls for the stoning of your misbehaving children. Have we forgotten that at one time people used Bible to support the keeping of slaves?
I will lose friends over this post. I will lose supporters. But there are some things that count for more than popularity. A young man who I watched grow from a young child to an amazing and successful man now has the ability to enjoy the same rights as his “straight” friends. I know his mother is smiling from heaven today.
We still have a long way to go. In some states it is still legal to fire someone for being gay. There is no equal rights protection for the LGBT community. How many people will refrain from getting married, because it could mean the loss of their job?
Today we celebrate this win. Tomorrow the work begins anew.