It is no longer illegal to be gay in America

by twit

via Slog, there is a flickr stream from the Courage Campaign, in protest of the attempts to nullify the marriages of thousands of gay and lesbian couples in California.  For example:

100_4241 by courage.campaign.

I think that the U.S. Constitution demands that marriages between two consenting adults, regardless of gender, be recognized under the law.  Marriage is a legal act, and not necessarily a religious one.  It is a legal right that cannot be denied on account of gender unless substantial reasons exist.  And as Lawrence v. Texas makes clear,  it is no longer illegal to be gay in America.

If it was illegal to be gay, then there would be a substantial reason to deny legal marriage rights.  And I realize, it has hardly been five years since the U.S. Supreme Court declared that it is no longer illegal to be gay in America.

But it is no longer illegal to be gay in America.

In declaring same-sex relationships entitled to respect, Lawrence also has advanced courts’ views of the harms to couples denied the freedom to marry. In Massachusetts, the high court deployed Lawrence to explain that “[w]hether and whom to marry, how to express sexual intimacy, and whether and how to establish a family — these are among the most basic of every individual’s liberty and due process rights.”

3 Responses to It is no longer illegal to be gay in America

  1. theaggieinsurgency says:

    Like many out-of-staters who gave the Prop. 8 campaign minimal attention, thinking the ballot measure would be defeated, I was shocked to find out how significant out-of-state contributions were in the outcome. I also felt a bit guilty about not having become involved to a greater extent. My own university community is rather conservative, although the professoriate usually serves as ray of light. I decided to determine what role, if any, locals played in the California outcome.

    I researched local contributions to the ballot measure, and was surprised to learn that two two academics at Texas A&M had donated thousands to quash same-sex marriage. I thought they shouldn’t escape unnoticed–not in some desire for vengeance–but to let them know how they affected other locals for whom the chance to be legally married meant a lot. One of these distinguished academics, not surprisingly, was a Mormon bishop for many years.

    Thus, my first in a series of blog posts on the subject:

    http://theaggieinsurgency.wordpress.com/2008/12/31/aggies-dont-lie-cheat-steal-nor-break-up-other-aggies-marriages-prop-8s-long-and-intrusive-reach-to-texas-am/

    If this is of any interest to you or your own blogging, please feel free to refer to this research.

    • rene says:

      Texas is such a homophobe state and i am shocked at all the people that support these anti gay laws that they want to pass here. Half the state is gay, i mean i used to live in austin the capital of texas and every one in five people there are gay! I think these stupid political officials need to quit denying their homosexuality and get over it!!!!!!

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