By now you have heard that President Barack Obama position on marriage equality finally evolved into support. All of this happens the day after North Carolina residents overwhelmingly backed an amendment to their state constitution banning it (and a host of other domestic partnership rights). The state that Obama carried in 2008 joined the rest of the former confederate states in once again saying one class of citizens is inferior to the majority of the voting bloc.
Having a person in the powerful position such as the Presidency of the United States carries, well in Vice President Joe Biden’s words, a big stick. Sadly, the movement for marriage equality will not see the most powerful person use that stick and fight for them. Obama’s announcement makes it clear that he will continue to leave it up to individual states. A place where marriage equality has lost each and every time it has been on the ballot. This is despite a majority of Americans now in support of marriage equality.
The basic rights of people cannot be left up to the states. We cannot live in the United States while individual states divide against each other in battle to legally recognize the love of two people regardless of their sexual orientation.
Obama cloaked his struggle with marriage equality in his Christian faith. Others hide behind the same faith to discriminate against their neighbor, coworker, or even a close family member. You may have heard someone say that marriage is an sacred agreement with God. My faith tells me a loving relationship cannot be denied and should be more fully nourished. But that is not the argument. The fight exists within the eyes of the law, not in the eyes of God. We cannot begin to see the same as God but we can try to see the foundation of our nation’s laws – the Constitution.
Preventing two men or two women from obtaining a legal document that recognizes their relationship in the same manner as mine is a violation of the Constitution. I will not stand for it and neither should the President. The people elected him to head the executive branch of our country to uphold the Constitution. He took an oath to do so despite Chief Justice John Roberts fumbling of it during the inauguration.
So I will not cheer or applaud the President on something that he should have already done. We can only ask how much longer for justice and equality. We can only look on in disbelief and wonder what more can we do.
The fight moves onto Washington and Minnesota where voters will say yes or no to equality for gay and lesbian couples. If President Obama wants to leave it up to the states but personally support it then he damn well better campaign for it in those states.
I realize progress comes slowly. Powerful tells us to wait. This cannot wait. We are not the land of liberty while our country denies fellow citizens rights that others enjoy. So President Obama, welcome aboard the band wagon. Now will you lead aggressively or merely stand back and watch?
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