“In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgement of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed. It is so ordered.”
so many people think that the right to marry for gays and lesbians will be the result of the decision by the supreme court justices this past friday. those people would be right, for sure.
but another result of this decision has far more powerful impact in store for our nation and its citizens is perhaps less evident. this is the shift in perception that young gay men and lesbian girls will have when they silently consider their own identities as they grow into themselves and the possibilities that they see in their own futures.
this new bastion of hope that will be available for lgbtq youth is the real victory in this latest but not last battle for equal rights. the possibility that teen suicide numbers will start to go down because youth won’t have to wear the all-encompassing cloak of shame that our community have worn silently throughout the centuries. odd young people often victims of bullying and sexual misconduct are then ready made for shame and re-victimizing until they leave their nests to flee the internal torture.
knowing that their culture believes them to be intrinsically worthy of love might be game changing. i am hoping it will be. all of the battles and the uprisings that have come before have led to this possibility. it is so profoundly awesome that it doesn’t matter if there is appreciation. it only matters that they taste the nectar.
It’s a long road When you’re all alone And someone like you Will always take the long way home There’s no right or wrong I’m not here to blame I just want to be the one Who keep you from the rain From the rain
And it looks like sunny skies Now that I know you’re alright Time has left us Older And wiser I know I am
‘Cause I think of us Like an old cliche But it doesn’t matter ‘Cause I love you anyway Come in from the rain
And it looks like sunny skies Now that I know you’re alright Time has left us Older But Wiser I know I am
And it’s good to know My best friend has come home again
And I think of us Like an old cliche But it doesn’t matter ‘Cause I love you anyway Come in from the rain