We Have Marriage Equality. Now What?

This week I attended a lecture by Emily West of the Grand Valley State University LGBT Resource Center and she expressed her concern that once we win on same-sex marriage, some of the big funders of LGBT groups and many of the straight allies might well declare victory and walk away thinking the battle is over. It’s not an entirely unfounded fear, but this ally has no intention of slowing down.

Let’s be very clear on one thing: This is not the end. This is a great advance for equality, but it is neither the last nor the most important, not by a longshot. As long as our LGBT friends have to live in fear of losing their jobs, their housing or public accommodations, we are not done. As long as trans people are being murdered and gay people beaten up, we are not done. As long as young people are bullied, spat on, beaten up and brutalized into suicide at a horrifying rate, we are not done. So let’s celebrate the hell out of this — and then let’s get back to work.

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  • colnago80

    The battle is, indeed, far from over. IMHO, the next strategy to be employed by the Reich wing will be to get a Rethuglican elected president in 2016 and maintain control of the Senate. Since it is unlikely that Justice Ginsburg and possibly Justice Kennedy will make it to 2020, that Rethuglican president would appoint justices to replace them who would promise to reverse the recent decision by the SCOTUS. So, for those who think that Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, is no better then any of the potential Rethuglican candidates and who plan to either vote for a third part or stay home, think again and remember what happened in 2000.

  • garnetstar

    I agree.

    And, in many states, gay people can be married, then be fired as oon as the company finds out. Or not hired at all, or be denied housing access. It is absolutely a shame on this country that that is allowed.

  • Childermass

    Heck, the court battle is not even over on the issue of marriage.

    One by one, the various local official will have to be ordered to do their duty. One by one, B.S. attempts to derail will have to be dealt with, etc. And then we have the prospect of Republicans replacing a justice who voted for our side. If that happens, the ruling will be reversed. If that happens anyplace with SSM because of a federal court case goes back to being illegal.

    In the meantime, how come Prop. 8 has not been repealed? The votes are there. Get it done. We don’t have the votes in Oklahoma and Texas yet, but it irresponsible in the least not to get the change written into law either by the legislator or by direct votes of the people where we have a strong majority.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/VeritasKnight VeritasKnight

    Keeping the Supreme Court on the side of good has to be the #1 goal, which means keeping a Democrat in office. With RBG, Kennedy, and Scalia getting up there, Breyer not too far behind, the next 4 years has a good potential to allow the new president to name quite a few justices. After those 4 are replaced, the next 5 are solid for awhile.

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    According to a book I recently read — “The Homosexual Agenda: Exposing the Principal Threat to Religious Freedom Today* — the next step is forcing ministers to officiate at gay weddings and forcing churches to accommodate them. They don’t exactly say how this will happen, but they’re pretty sure it will. They did give as an example some minister in Europe who ran afoul of speech laws, which totally applies to the U.S.-America.

    There also is a recommendation to read the book quickly before the Gaystapo has it ripped from your hands and burned. Of course, the book was published in 2003 so they’re taking their sweet time going about it.

    * Published by the Alliance Defense Fund

    Jacket quote: “This book could be the instrument that will reverse the tide of influence that this devastating vice is having on American society today.” — D. James Kennedy, author and senior minister Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church.

    IINM, that is the church where B. Graham’s grandson got in a little adulterous hot water a week or two ago.

    I also like how the “vice”is doing all of this stuff to American society all by itself. If all the effort and time and money put into fighting this so-called vice all these years had been into science and medicine and things that benefit mankind, our 400-year-old ancestors probably would be commuting to Mars in their space cars.

  • comfychair

    What about the last few holdout states? Anyone know a source for up to date info?

  • dingojack

    We Have Marriage Equality. Now What?

    Gun Control?

    Dingo

  • doublereed

    @1 colnago

    Well if that happens, they would also probably reverse Roe v Wade. With the current lineup, I’m pretty sure it’s 5-4.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Let’s be very clear on one thing: This is not the end.

    Why? Haven’t you destroyed America and Freedom and America enough yet?

  • https://www.facebook.com/neilcarter74 Neil Carter

    You got me with your clickbaity title. Clever move.

    The battle has hardly begun where I live. This is one of the first real shots fired. Now comes all the posturing and posing and obstruction and attempts at nullification from all the state officials all over the Midwest and the Deep South. This will likely take years of haggling at the state level and a sh*t ton of angry rhetoric from both sides of the divide. Where I live, suddenly the SCOTUS is working for the devil and it’s up to God’s people to give them what for.

  • colnago80

    Re doublereed @ #8

    It’s on shaky ground right now. Several years ago, Kennedy was prepared to vote to overturn Roe vs Wade and was only talked out of it by Sandra Day O’Connor, who ain’t on the court any more.

    By the way, there were a couple of decisions announced today which balance out the same sex marriage one.

    1. The court ruled that the EPA overstepped its mandate by imposing more stringent pollution regulations on power plants without giving sufficient attention to the cost of implementing those regulations.

    http://goo.gl/v1IS8L

    2. The court ruled that it was perfectly legal to use a controversial drug in executions.

    http://goo.gl/KlOYmY

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    Now what? The Onion has the answer.

  • Michael Heath

    I eagerly look forward to the media revealing abuse inside conservative Christian churches towards gay children who are congregants. I remain frustrated this topic is never addressed; at least that I come across.

  • llewelly

    Every week Heavenly Father calls Monson into that little room in the temple, and they have a conversation like this:

    Heavenly Father: I want more temples. With big gold oxen around the base of the font we dunk the 12 year olds in. That costs money. We need more tithing. We’re losing tithing because members don’t like our stance on gays.

    Monson: I don’t like where this is going. I like subtly undermining gay people, and I want to keep doing it.

    Heavenly Father: Look. It’s bigotry or money.

    Monson: But I *love* bigotry! Besides, our whole church hierarchy depends on support from families led by a man who lords over a woman. If we allow gays to marry, who lords over who? Who gets the Melchizedek priesthood?

    Heavenly Father: I’m glad you brought that up. We’re losing tithing over that ordain women thing too.

    Monson: This conversation isn’t going how I planned. Can I come back next week?

    Heavenly Father: Please do. I will still want more money next week. And it’s a slow bleed, so we have plenty of time.

  • llewelly

    Oops. Left off the top of my comment.

    … the next step is forcing ministers to officiate at gay weddings and forcing churches to accommodate them. They don’t exactly say how this will happen …

    They don’t say, because they want people to assume the government will do the forcing. But they know who will really do the forcing: The “sheep” of the ministers’ flocks, many of whom are already saying “support marriage equality, or we’ll find a church that will”. Here is a little joke I wrote about Mormon Prophet Monson, who is in a similar situation:

    Every week Heavenly Father calls Monson into that little room in the temple, and they have a conversation like this:

    Heavenly Father: I want more temples. With big gold oxen around the base of the font we dunk the 12 year olds in. That costs money. We need more tithing. We’re losing tithing because members don’t like our stance on gays.

    Monson: I don’t like where this is going. I like subtly undermining gay people, and I want to keep doing it.

    Heavenly Father: Look. It’s bigotry or money.

    Monson: But I *love* bigotry! Besides, our whole church hierarchy depends on support from families led by a man who lords over a woman. If we allow gays to marry, who lords over who? Who gets the Melchizedek priesthood?

    Heavenly Father: I’m glad you brought that up. We’re losing tithing over that ordain women thing too.

    Monson: This conversation isn’t going how I planned. Can I come back next week?

    Heavenly Father: Please do. I will still want more money next week. And it’s a slow bleed, so we have plenty of time.

  • https://plus.google.com/107095827599382907783 NS Alito

    This decision has definitely lowered the profile of the problems of the LGTQ (No “B”…I hateses the B’s…) relative to the portfolio of concerns that people have, both public and personal. For many people, it now drops the threshold below, say, sea-level rise, Cousin Coco’s meth addiction, prison rape, paying off student debt, the undermining of school curricula, Aunt Patootie’s home care costs, worldwide refugee crises, aquifer depletion, asshole coworkers, antibiotic resistance and split ends.

    I, personally, am taking this victory and running with it.

  • hrafn

    Why? Haven’t you destroyed America and Freedom and America enough yet?

    Well each time we destroy it, it just keeps on miraculously reappearing, as though it wasn’t even destroyed in the first place. So if at first you don’t succeed try, try, try again. Sooner or later or later the wingnuts have to be right in their predictions of an apocalypse, don’t they?

  • thebookofdave

    the next step is forcing ministers to officiate at gay weddings and forcing churches to accommodate them.

    Alright, fifthdentist, who leaked the Gay Agenda? C’mon folks! Pride festival is over, and we have to roll up our sleeves and get back to work: handing out annulment notices to so-called “traditional” families, forcing Christians to bake sodomy-pastries in our reeducation camps, and legalizing man-dog unions. We can’t afford to have a setback everytime our plans are upset when somebody forgets the first rule of Homo Club.

  • Lady Mondegreen

    @Childermass

    In the meantime, how come Prop. 8 has not been repealed?

    Prop 8 was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court in 2010. No need to repeal it. SSM has been legal in California since (if memory serves) 2013, when the ruling took effect.