Friday, June 26, 2015

Five to Four

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A landmark Supreme Court decision that will go down in history, marriage equality is now the law of the land. This country is a step closer to it's founding principles of all men being created equal.

I guess I'm nitpicking when I focus on the decision being so close. By a too close for comfort five to four margin, one of the most important social and civil rights cases of our time was correctly decided. Correctly to me and most progressive thinking people, of course, but not to nearly half of the Supreme Court, and a significant but minority of the general population. That's not only disappointing, but it's scary too.

What was seemingly self evident to the founding fathers, has been tarred with systemic hypocrisy for centuries. Starting with the abolition of slavery, women's rights, and now gay rights, the journey to true equality has been a slow and often bloody slog. We're still not there yet, but what's a couple more centuries anyway? We won't be around to see it, but maybe our children, or their children's children will see the progress that in hindsight will be hard to imagine things were not always so. 

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