I'd like to voice my commendations to the United States Supreme Court for finally bringing America into the 21st Century, and requiring the nationwide recognition of gay marriage.
I remember back in 2008 when California passed Proposition 8, I knew the backlash from that passage would cause something big to happen. We had seen a number of states prohibit it, but those states were in parts of America where it wasn't surprising to see such laws passed. But when it was abolished in California, that was the big wake up call (well, to me at least). If a state as liberal and contemporary as California could be persuaded against a fundamental human right that its own state courts had mandated previously, and turn against its own allocation of gay marriage, the rest of the country would see just how powerful some lobbying groups and propaganda peddlers could be.
In light of Prop 8's passage, I saw something unprecedented. I saw an entire nation find a cause they could unite for, and many people on the fence or empathetic to the cause were now seeing a systematic persecution against a group of people tried to be made criminals for the act of loving one another. It didn't take a lot of effort to see how low bigots were willing to stoop to relegate others as second-class citizens because of their romantic interests, but when they made California their business, America made gay marriage their business.
I thought the decision would have been overturned within the year. I even heard murmurings that the Federal Supreme Court was going to hear it within six months, hopefully making it a national human right before the next election cycle could edit together their latest volley of smear commercials.
I'll admit, I'm pretty disappointed that it took America this long to figure itself out on something so obviously apparent. There was no harm in saying yes to gay marriage, and a horrific precedent set forth by abolishing it. It took seven years for our most prestigious courts to determine this, but hey, seven years to make it happen is better than California's approach of six months to make it go away.
It feels weird to be "disappointed" in something so monumental just because it took so long to get here. But there's a lot more to this ruling than just giving a thumbs up to homosexual marriage. Maybe this decision took so long because of what it means beyond the very topic it addressed.
There's a lot of symbolism behind today's decision. It's not just about wanting to see people express love towards one another, or get invited to the most fabulous wedding reception you could possibly imagine. It's a uniform declaration between a country's citizens that we are concerned about equality, that we as a country do accept you for who you are, and regardless of creed, orientation, or your awkward taste in Taiwanese moombahthon music (holler at me boys) we don't want laws preventing you from simply being who you are.
Because then what happens when similar lobbying groups decide it's sinful to be a fan of comics?
What happens when similar lobbying groups feel society would be better with the prohibition of alcohol?
What happens when lobbying groups want to ban videogames they deem not enriching enough by their standards?
Time and time again, Americans have shown that they do not want to be held down, limited, prevented from being who they really are and enjoying what makes them happy. And today was a major victory, not just for the millions of couples who can now make their "civil union" into an official marriage, but to all who don't want scheming pundits and shills representing the outward perception of one nation to the rest of the world.
Today we tell the world we're at least catching up a bit.
And maybe some of the other slackers in the industrialized world will catch up, too. Nothing influences progress quite like "well if those idiot Yanks are doing it."