This image, taken from http://www.lmfct.org, shows joyful celebration following the recent CT Supreme Court decision declaring that same-sex couples had a constitutional right to marry. Although the decision was split 4-3, the court held that denying same-sex couples the right to marry was akin to discriminatory laws of the past, such as those prohibiting inter-racial marriage, and women from working in certain occupations (Read the text of the decision here).
Despite this victory for same sex couples in Connecticut, which was greatly aided by Love Makes a Family, opposition to the ruling is strong. Governor Jodi Rell presumtatively stated ” I do not believe their [supreme court] voice reflects the majority of the people of Connecticut”, and the Family Institute of Connecticut remained openly hostile, referring to the justices as “robed masters” & “philosopher kings”.
While this day is a proud one for thousands of men and women of the state of Connecticut, and a glimmer of hope to thousands more in the other 47 states of this union, the question remains- where is the national leadership on this issue?
Senator Clinton on why she opposes same sex marriages:
“Well, I prefer to think of it as being very positive about civil unions. You know, it’s a personal position. How we get to full equality is the debate we’re having, & I am absolutely in favor of civil unions with full equality of benefits, rights, and privileges. I want to proceed with equalizing federal benefits.”
Senator Obama believes that marriage “is between a man and a woman“, but says he opposes a constitutional ban on gay marriages.
Governor Palin, and Senator Bidden both directly stated their opposition to same sex marriage during the vice-presidential debate.
Same sex couples have been discriminated against for decades, and while McCain tells us change is coming, which is presumably different from Obama’s change we can believe in, both candidates fall short in calling “civil unions” what they are- blatant discrimination in the same flavor of “seperate but equal”.
While Obama’s opposition to a federal ban on same-sex marriages is preferable to McCains support of “don’t ask don’t tell” and the 2006 Arizona ballot initiative to re-write the state’s constitution to ban same-sex marriages, stating you are against something, but against a law prohibiting what you are against reeks of double speak and pandering to the center. (I’ve had a change of heart- I was too quick to criticize here. 10-30.08 -kd-)
America’s gays and lesbians deserve better. Hats off to the CT Supreme Court for doing what most politician’s aren’t willing to say: prohibition of same-sex marriage is simply outright discrimination.