Today the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA, stating it discriminated against same-sex couples.
Then they declined to rule on California’s Proposition 8 which prohibits same-sex marriage, leaving in place a lower court’s decision that struck-down the ban.
From a pagan perspective:
It is important to note that Pagan Metaphysics strives for peace and harmony within the Divine Universe and within the individual being. Through mutual respect and acceptance we can discover and acquire peace for all and create a world that is harmonious for everyone. But this approach does not take away the choices of individuals to direct their own lives with free will and the acceptance of the consequences of those choices. ~ an excerpt from Pagans and Politics.
Everyone here at Spring’s Haven and Springwolf Reflections share in the excitement and celebration of all our Gay and Lesbian friends.
The very first wedding I officiated was for a lesbian couple here in my own backyard. Performing weddings for anyone in love is a joy to recognize and I’ve been honored to participate in all the unions I’ve been asked to officiate over. Perhaps because of this first event, I’ve had a long-standing stake in this fight of equality. I’m overjoyed by these decisions and the doors that were opened for so many who have been discriminated against for way to long.
“Today marks a watershed moment in history and a tremendous victory for the principle of equality. The 5-4 decision by our Supreme Court striking down DOMA affirms the universality of love–the desire of all people not only to find, but to value and affirm, a lifelong commitment to another person.
I have lived nearly four score years, and have borne witness to both the heartbreak and promise of true justice and equality in America. Today my heart soars, and my faith in the promise of our great nation is renewed.
Now, if there’s anything we gays know how to do well, it is to celebrate! Let the joy of this day ring out with PRIDE.“
These decisions open the doors for more litigation. In some ways that’s a good thing and in others, not so much. Almost immediately the Family Research Council released their statement on the DOMA ruling, stating among other things: “This decision throws open the doors for new litigation.”
While we support and honor the rights of others to believe as they choose, we also believe in the equality of human rights for all people and especially in a country that separates religion from its governing laws. No religion has the right to impose its beliefs on a free society of people. Our country was founded on the freedom of religion, which also means “from religion”. For those who hold no beliefs, and those who hold differing beliefs, these decisions support and reaffirm the rights instilled within our Constitution.
But litigation to uphold laws of discrimination won’t be the only actions taken in the coming years. The court opened the door for litigation by Equality groups to strike down laws banning same-sex marriages in the remaining states where these decisions carry no impact. It’s sad that additional lawsuits are needed to do that, but these decisions make it easier for those cases to be victorious and for DOMA to be destroyed country-wide. But that’s for tomorrow when the next fight to take on discrimination in the remaining states of our Union can begin. Here in Virginia being one of those states where a same-sex ban needs to be dismantled. And we look forward to those laws being struck down as well.
In the meantime, this is indeed a huge victory and we’re ever so happy for all those who are now free to marry who they love. We’re excited about this news and hope everyone can take time to celebrate the Equality of our nation and our U.S. Constitution.
Read more :
- The BBC: US Supreme Court in historic rulings on gay marriage
- CNN: Same-sex marriage hailed as historic victory
- The Opinions From The Court – Complete Documents
- Pagans & Politics – How Do Pagans Approach Politics In The U.S.
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