Today, April 28, 2015, is the day that the Supreme Court of the United States of America begins hearing arguments that will help determine whether or not this county will acknowledge, as a whole, the right to marriage that all adult citizens should be afforded. I’m most disturbed that I’m nervous about this. That it could go the other way.
In my opinion, this isn’t a question of whether or not it’s right to allow all citizens to define their relationships with their partners through marriage. It’s a question of whether or not it is wrong to discriminate against others for having those relationships.
At this moment, Michigan, my home, supports the right to discriminate against LGBTQA people as a religious right. As a religious freedom. Indiana does the same. It is distressing to say the least that we live in a time where the rights of others are under debate. I’ll say again, we’re back to determining if it’s wrong to discriminate against others.
At a state government level, opponents of the Supreme Court determining the fate of marriage equality say that this is federal interference, that the voters have spoken. They say this as if interracial marriage was never illegal. As if voters and state government weren’t wrong before about the right to discriminate. Opponents say they are being oppressed by the freedom we should be affording others, with a straight face. With a straight face. People who are allowed to get married, adopt children (I’m looking at you again, Michigan), divorce, make life and death decisions legally, provide partner benefits — the list goes on and on — these people say that they are being oppressed, as if something is being stolen from them. What exactly would be stolen? Nothing. Except the sanctioned right to discriminate against people who are different.
So, yes, I’m on the edge of my seat, bothered that this makes me nervous, angry that this even has to be heard in the Supreme Court of the United States of America, because the question is asking if it is okay to discriminate against other people, and the answer is no.