“The real question is, Why should any American have the right to marry? The answer is that the courts must determine that there is no good legal reason to prohibit any two consenting adults from marriage. The courts must conclude that the gender of one’s spouse is simply a matter of personal conviction; the same as marrying inside or outside one’s tax bracket; inside or outside one’s ethnicity; inside or outside one’s chosen faith.”
Last week, the Supreme Court handed down the historic decision that banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
All the heartache, so many trials played out in courtrooms and homes, all leading to that definitive gavel strike.
I have said, in private conversations, that LGBT rights was the fight of our times, just as racial civil rights had been my parents’ generation. At long last, the turning-point legal battle in that fight has come to an end.
While I am relieved on that score, it is apparent that social progress in terms of accepting LGBT people is improving, but pockets of ignorance remain.
I recently saw the documentary “Wish Me Away,” about country music star Chely Wright’s painful journey to come out out of the closet, a move that has made her anathema in that radio format.
Only a few years ago, I vividly recall Wright’s hits, such as “Shut Up and Drive” and “Single White Female,” being staples of country music stations’ rotation. No longer.
Played her songs the other day. Sound the same.
Ironic that Nashville songwriters, country music radio stations and the country music industry have no moral issue churning out, profiting from and airing songs that glorify alcoholism, adultery, or taking revenge on people, yet they have a moral issue with homosexuality.
Violence and war have always been the vice of choice in western culture, and all sexuality taboo’d, so perhaps Nashville’s response to Wright should be no surprise.
All Nashville’s hypocritical, 180 turn on Wright highlights is the fact that morality, all morality, is just another word for opinion.
Morality is 100% complete emotion, whereas, the law must be 100% complete reason. It must be blind to everything but fact. The law is not moral in the sense that it dictates choices upon a populace, as religious law does. Nor is the law permissive.
In a free society as ours is, the law is structured to keep one individual’s rights from infringing on another’s. The law is structured to keep the peace of coexistence.
The Supreme Court determined that LGBT Americans have the right to be married, and no one has the authority to infringe upon it.
Thank you, Supreme Court.