Wednesday, June 26, 2013

It's just one of those days: Goodbye DOMA and Prop 8

I was going to say that we couldn't have asked for a better preamble to San Francisco's 2013 Pride Weekend than the Supreme Court striking down both DOMA and Proposition 8 in California, but that's wrong.

We did ask for this. We marched for this. We voted for this. Throughout our history, our queer brothers and sisters have fought, bled, and died for this this.

And we, the lucky ones, lived to see it. Time was always on our side, but the wait! Oh, the waiting is the hardest part. Well, that and the second-class citizenship.

These decisions will be debated. People will shout for joy and others will gnash their teeth and pull their hair. Nevertheless, today's rulings were a victory for us all (yes, even you, Mr. Huckabee). The expansion of human rights is always a good thing. But, this is just one step in our journey. The work isn't done yet. Celebrate, cheer, have fun, then get back to the rallies, the polls, the phones, and petitions. As anonymous said, "No one is free when others are oppressed."

If you live in Oklahoma or another of the 37 states that still ban marriage equality, don't worry. We're coming for you soon.

Happy Pride!

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