There has been progress in the gay rights and gay marriage equality movement. President George H.W. Bush (the first Bush president) witnessed the wedding of Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen in Maine last week Saturday.
I do not know if the elderly Bush has changed his mind in support of marriage equality, but he might be starting to lean that way. Many older men and women and also Republicans, are starting to support marriage equality, though as a group they are still among the least supportative of Americans on this issue.
But one day, marriage equality will be supported and recognized in every state.
One of those states very soon might be New Jersey. A New Jersey judge ruled that the state of New Jersey not having marriage equality is a violation of equal protection under the law of gays and lesbians in the Garden State.
Gov. Christie is trying to appeal that ruling to that state's Supreme Court. By the way, in New Mexico, certain county clerks have been issuing marriage licenses for quite a while after local judicial rulings.
On the other hand we have Oklahoma, Texas, Lousiana and Mississippi choosing to deny state National Guard gay and lesbian members of the military the same benefits that married partners receive in that state. Of course these are all Republicand and Christian right-wing states. Amazingly Alabama hasn't implemented the same discriminatory policy.
By the way Christian conservative businessmen and women commonly state they should have a right to discriminate against gay and lesbians when it comes to such things as baking wedding cakes. Even though, we have laws prohibiting discrimination thoughout much of the U.S., based on religion.
In other words, a gay florist couldn't discriminate and refuse to sell flowers for a wedding between two Southern Baptists who don't think the florist himself should be able to marry the person that he or she loves. But, the florist doesn't want to discriminate, or there has not been one reported case of a gay man or woman refusing to do business in such a way.
If there was, you could be sure that right-wing media would report it. So, the Christian business owner wants a right to do an action that a gay business owner would not do, discriminate based on dislike of someone else. Of course the gay florist isn't trying to ban a wedding between two Souther Baptists, unlike the Baptists doing it to the gay business owner.
So the question is, why does the Christian right-wing show such little tolerance and such massive hypocrisy? Maybe because they think this so called god is on their side and so they can't be wrong. By the way, if you want to support gay rights and marriage equality, please join and support the Human Rights Campaign or similar groups.