Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Here Endeth the Oral Arguments
My "Comment" on SCOTUS -- before I go back into Good Friday sermon writing mode:
As the oral arguments conclude at the Supreme Court on the marriage equality cases, as an LGBT activist I am full of both gratitude to all those who argued so powerfully and passionately for equality and of confidence that we will see movement forward toward making liberty and justice for all really mean “all.”
And at the same time, as a priest and pastor, I am aware that there is a profound pastoral impact in the ongoing indignity of having our deepest, holiest, most precious loves and relationships debated and dissected in the public arena -- as if that is not dehumanizing and as if it is not profoundly personal. It is. It is long past time for these debates to end and for the equal protection guaranteed all Americans in the Constitution to equally protect all Americans – including same-sex couples who want to marry the love of their life and live happily ever after together until death do they part.
The Supreme Court can move us closer to that goal by overturning Proposition 8 and repealing DOMA. My hope and my prayer is that they do both and do them quickly.