I find it absolutely astounding that people of this country are so afraid of marriage equality. The many comments opposing the Supreme Court ruling cemented for me that fear is too deeply embedded in the citizenry of this country; and those fearful citizens allow that fear to lead their actions and thoughts. They don't see that they are not threatened by equality, that there will be no undoing of society because someone else gets what they have, that their personal decisions will not be impacted. They instead choose to embrace everything that tells them the sky is falling on their tiny little heads and hearts. They continue to insert their crowbars of fear into the fracture that runs deep through this country - prying away to force that divide.
With Friday's ruling we celebrate that the Supreme Court of this country made a majority decision that acknowledges basic human rights for marriage. We celebrate that the fracture has been sealed in one section. But let us not forget that all is not resolved. Let us acknowledge that there is much work to be done to bring full equality, and that work cannot be achieved simply through laws, policies, and SCOTUS rulings. We cannot just swipe our hands together and say "well, thank goodness that's done, let's all move along." We must remember that what SCOTUS did yesterday was remove one crowbar, but many remain, for many groups:
- LGBTQ folks still face discriminatory employment laws in 29 states, as well as other social and legal disparities and inequalities, some more than others when factoring in race and gender.
- Women still do not have pay equity, reproductive justice remains illusive, and with each day we face the reality of more and more laws being passed that reduce our ability to control our own reproductive choices.
- Black men and women continue to wake up daily in a racist oppressive nation through which they face constant injustices and dangers - targeted because of their race.
- Native American populations in this country continue to experience: being treated as second-class citizens, removal of land rights, high rates of violence and poverty, denial of religious freedom, and oppressive social practices.
- Latinos are regularly attacked across the spectrum, whether the conversation is about immigration, violence, or poverty, with little acknowledgment to their contributions to this country.
That work is part of us all putting down our crowbars and figuring out how we can help our neighbor put down his or hers so we can begin to mend the fracture. Let's as humans decide that enough is enough and we want to see more equality, love, healing, and hope. Not because some being or thing or person tells us we have to, or because a fractured nation can never be a great nation, but also just because it's the right thing to do.
In spite of those who stood (and continue to stand) firmly for hate and inequality, Friday's ruling showed us a glimpse of a day that comes in the form of social and legal justice. Commit to being a part of more days like this that make us a great people.