Marriage is so gay

IMG_20150626_084215Eleven years ago, the Tennessee legislature was voting to amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage. So fragile was this institution of heterosexual marriage that it required the force of the state to defend it. Seven years ago, I moved to California and watched the state go through the same thing with Proposition 8.

I railed against Tennessee’s manuevers in 2004 and the conservatives defending the move to ban gay marriage and I wondered how much money was involved in fighting gay marriage in California in 2008.

So the Supreme Court’s striking down of state gay marriage bans today is a relief. It is also relevant in a week when discussion over removing the Confederate Flag has brought up that terrible concept of “state’s rights” again. There are no “state’s rights,” only individual rights.

And though I have no faith in judges and politicians to uphold individual rights, I am relieved that I don’t have to argue for gay marriage again anytime soon.