Posts Tagged ‘ Civil Rights ’

Two Steps Forward One Step Back

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

I guess I should say one step back, and two steps forward. Yesterday the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In short, NBC News had this description of what it means:

The Voting Rights Act requires nine states with a history of discrimination at the polls, mostly in the South, to get approval from the Justice Department or a special panel of judges before they change their voting laws. The rule also applies to 12 cities and 57 counties elsewhere.

However, it remains to be seen how it will shape up from here. No question though this was devastating to anyone who cares about Civil Rights.

But then this morning I woke up to some amazing news, also from the Supreme Court.

In a major victory for Gay Rights, the court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA as it is called. From the New York Times:

In a pair of major victories for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that married same-sex couples were entitled to federal benefits and, by declining to decide a case from California, effectively allowed same-sex marriages there.

While this doesn’t mean anyone who’s gay and wants to get married can, it advances the cause by huge leaps and bounds. This is a huge victory for my state of California, which is the most populated in the nation. We will now join 12 other states that recognize same-sex marriage as legitimate in every way of the law. We are lucky number 13.

As discouraged as I was with yesterday’s ruling, today’s gives me hope for this country’s future. It is a relief to see smart, logical, non-faith based legislation passed. It’s been awhile. The defeat of reasonable gun control laws still infuriates and baffles me. Immigration is coming up next on the docket, as Congress debates the current bill. Let’s hope they act in an intelligent manner and do the right thing.

Anyway, my blog isn’t a political one, but rather personal and opinionated. And today I just want to say that the advances in Gay Rights is making me inch back towards being a proud American.

 

Pic of Court via Shutterstock

Add a Comment