Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Remember that "arc of history that bends toward justice?"

Today someone hit the "fast forward" button!

It started with this announcement from Washington:
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama ordered his administration on Wednesday to stop defending the constitutionality of a federal law that bans recognition of gay marriage, a policy reversal that could have major implications for the rights and benefits of gay couples.
Followed by this one from Maryland:
Senate Bill 116, The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, passed a second reading in the Maryland State Senate on Wednesday, Feb. 23 ... which means that the bill will receive its third and final reading tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 24.
And then this one from Hawai'i:
Less than a year after seeing the push for civil unions vetoed, gay rights advocates cheered as Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed into law a bill legalizing civil unions and making Hawaii the seventh state to grant such privileges to same-sex couples.
It's called "momentum" ... and let's pause and give thanks for it! For a couple of minutes. And then let's get back to work. There are still miles to go before we rest ... before liberty and justice for all really means "all" ... before equal protection equally protects everybody equally ... before "Protect Marriage" means "Protect All Marriages" ... not just the heterosexual ones.
But today -- today is the day the arc of history bent a little further than expected -- and it is the day that the Lord has made ... so let us not neglect to rejoice and be glad in it!


IT said...

The pic... That's me! and my faithful rainbow glitter sign,which I made for the first big prop 8 protest rally,and whIch has seen a lot of action since.


I love it! Great sign ... Brava!!

JCF said...

Huh (re pic). Small---and today, rather *lovelier*---world!

SLF said...

The glitter doesn't really show up on film. The word "JUSTICE" is actually very sparkly. :-)

I assume susan found it by googling, because when I tried that I was very amused that it was the first image to come up.
I wonder where else it has appeared?

It was taken in the celebratory march after Judge Walker's decision last summer with a group from St Paul's Cathedral-- yes I'm wearing a purple St Paul's t-shirt.