Good morning, America: It’s true! It’s true. The Supremes have made it clear: Marriage Equality America is here.
When, on Friday, June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions, common sense prevailed, and President Obama hailed the ruling as “a victory for America.”
Our Commander in Chief went on to point out, liberty and justice for all often comes in small increments “sometimes two steps forward and one step backward. And then sometimes, there are days like this when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that comes like a thunderbolt.”
Concluding, President Obama said, “Americans should be very proud.”
Agreeing with the Court and our President, a majority of Americans applauded the decision. But not everyone felt like tossing hats into the air and dancing in the streets because a thunderbolt of liberty and justice struck the United States of America, toward the end of last month.
Conservative extremist media mogul and minister, Pat Robertson, warned that Marriage Equality would lead to Pedophilia, sex with animals and polygamy.
And spokespeople for one of America’s two major political parties – the one that panders to Low Information voters who stubbornly and consistently vote against their own best interests, were harsh, predictable and swift, in expressing their opposition to the historic Supreme Court ruling.
Former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee, one of almost twenty candidates desiring his political party’s Presidential nomination, wasted no time in calling the Supremes’ decision, “one of the court’s most disastrous.” He went on to advise state Governors to defy the ruling.
And then there was Drama Queen Extraordinaire, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, on Sean Hannity’s radio show on the day of the ruling, he put it this way, “Today is some of the darkest twenty-four hours in our nation’s history.” This, despite the fact that the majority of Americans clearly consider it among the brightest twenty-four hours in U.S. history.
Before the weekend of June 27-28 ended, Cruz suggested to another interviewer that we add a constitutional amendment that would “make members of the Supreme Court subject to periodic judicial retention elections.”
Additionally Cruz, who currently ranks about eighth in the crowded field of his party’s sixteen declared Presidential Candidates, has vowed to make the Supreme Court’s Marriage Equality decision “front and center” in his campaign – yet one more reason why his ill-starred presidential bid will fail.
Another White House hopeful, former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, was more tempered in his reaction to the Supreme Court decision. While Bush believed the court had erred, he asked for respect for all couples, “including those making lifetime commitments.” Bush also said it was crucial “not to discriminate.”
But others have taken literally former Governor Huckabee’s advice to defy the SCOTUS decision.
Ever since it came down, across the American South, County Clerks and Justices have taken early retirement rather than perform same gender marriages.
And in Tennessee, a state that makes Senator Cruz’s Texas appear progressive – no easy feat – the entire staff at Decatur County clerk’s office, resigned following the Marriage Equality decision. The Clerk and her two employees cited religious beliefs as the reason behind their decision to resign.
Those who chose not to back their beliefs with actions that affirmed them, kept their jobs, while lobbing some choice words at the Supreme Court decision.
One such official was Louisiana Supreme Court Justice, Jeanette Theriot Knoll, who wrote a two-page criticism of the Marriage Equality decision. Among other things, Justice Knoll contends that the SCOTUS ruling has a “horrific impact on the democratic rights of the American people to define marriage,” and she went on to call the ruling, “a complete and unnecessary insult to the people of Louisiana.”
But despite the small-minded detractors, one thing seems quite certain; at long last, Marriage Equality America is here – and the naysayers notwithstanding – it’s here to stay!