"The arc of the moral history is long, but it bends towards justice", so were the immortal words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. III. He didn't just mean civil rights for African-Americans, but for all. Well, it is bending once more. A judge has overruled the Oklahoma ban on marriage equality for gays and lesbians.
Now, to those who state civil rights for African Americans and the right for gays to marry isn't the same, well they are the same that both are about overcoming injustices.
Dr. King wasn't opposed to gays being treated with respect and dignity, indeed the planner of the March on Washington was a gay man named Bayard Rustin, a friend and mentor to the younger Dr. King..
Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin were the Tulsa couple who filed this lawsuit in Oklahoma.
Looking at this couple, approaching late middle aged, it is hard to believe that they are the supposed threat to marriage that we are supposed to believe. Their marriage threatens no one. No one will be forced to welcome them into their church. A civil marriage is an extension of religion, but of the civil government which we all are members.
By the way, I was reading a column in a conservative website and the writer wrote that in almost every state where a marriage equality ban has been put to a vote, it has passed.
Yes, and those states are on average more religious then the normal state. Second, most of those votes happened around 2004 and earlier. Marriage equality support among the public has shot up about 20% in the last 10 years.
So for those opposed to marriage equality to use state referendums from a decade ago is misleading. Do we quote the opinions of those opposed to interracial marriages 50 years ago, in order to say that a majority of Americans oppose it today?
By the way, you can support marriage equality by supporting the Human Rights Campaign and Lambda Legal.