Thursday, October 16, 2008

Beautiful Observations

We’ve spent the past three years explaining to people what a civil union is. With marriage, no explanation is needed.

So explains John Anderson, one of the plaintiffs in the recent court case that earlier this week gave marriage equality to all people in Connecticut. He and his partner, Garrett, had a civil union three years ago, but learned when it came to life decisions together, it was merely "legalized second-class citizenship." There is a myth spread by anti-equality activists that civil unions are equal to marriage; "separate but equal" has never been equal or fair.

Anderson wrote today in the New Haven Register about the "beautiful observations" the court gave in establishing equality.

"Quoting from the 1967 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia, our court writes that the freedom to marry 'has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men and women.'

The Loving decision struck down all laws restricting interracial marriage. Interestingly enough, the polls after that decision showed overwhelming dissent. Put to a popular vote, blacks and whites still would have been forbidden to intermarry! That's why our governmental system tries not to put the civil rights of any group up for a vote of the people."

Unfortunately, there are some places where the rights of LGBT people are being put to a vote. In California, we must fight Proposition 8; in Arizona, Proposition 102; in Florida the anti-equality constitutional amendment; and in Arkansas the anti-adoption amendment.

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