Coming Soon: Equality
While you were drinking your morning coffee, the Supreme Court of the United States announced a huge decision. Rather, it was a non-decision: they denied cert to six cases that struck down prohibitions on same-sex marriage around the country. While North Carolina wasn't one of them, this decision will have a very real impact here. Essentially, this Supreme Court just blessed gay marriage, and invalidated any laws (or constitutional amendments) prohibiting it. In very short order, North Carolina will have marriage equality. For everyone.
Let me tell you why this is so important, even if you aren't gay.
If there is one thing that we have all learned, living in North Carolina over these past few years, it is that we all in this together. The same people that would deny two men or two women the right to marry are the same people that would impose their religious believes on me. The same people who would deny health care for poor people are the same people who would give tax breaks for the rich and make you pay more. The same people that would make it difficult for law-abiding citizens to vote would cut funding for your children’s school.
And not only would they – they did.
Marriage equality and economic equality, equal protection under the law and the pursuit of happiness, and freedom of choice and freedom from persecution, are all two sides of the same coin. The existence of one enables the existence of the other.
To those of us who worked tirelessly to defeat Amendment One, and the bigoted and misguided arguments that accompanied it, today is a very important day. But even if you don’t care at all about marriage equality, for all of us who share a larger vision of this state as a fairer, more equitable place for everyone, today is a huge victory.
Enjoy it – briefly. There’s still plenty of work to do.