Almost there...

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

So Senator Frist openly said, "I very much feel that marriage is a sacrament, and that sacrament should extend and can extend to that legal entity of a union between, what is traditionally in our Western values has been defined, as between a man and a woman."

Sacrament being a religious term. And therefore sacrament in his religious view, but whether or not that view is reflected in the society at large has nothing to do with the legal benefits of a legal union called marriage that confers certain legal/constitutional rights and benefits. There's this thing called separation of church and state we're supposed to have. At least there was the last time I checked.

This is the civil rights movement of our time. We're watching Brown v. Board of Education unfold all over again. The Masachusettes justices said, "The history of our nation has demonstrated that separate is seldom, if ever, equal." The precedent is all there. There's just this weird head in sand behavior coming from the religious right, many of whom probably still think that racial mixing is a sin.

The upside is that same precedent gives me confidence that within my lifetime gay marriage will be legal across America. It's going to be a bumpy ride in the meantime though.


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