Five years ago a majority of Missourians voted to amend my home state’s constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman.
This bitch was re-introduced to Missouri politics through the battle to prevent passage of that amendment…and I received a clinic in what a majority of my fellow Missourians really think when it’s just them and a ballot. Some activists tried to deny the outcome…that some 70% of Missourians voted for the marriage ban…but a bitch finds little comfort in denying that shit.
Comfort comes from knowing where we stand and where we need to be.
Same-sex marriages still happen here…couples still commit to each other before family and friends.
'Tis the rights afforded through marriage that are being denied…not love or dedication, but thousands of rights that are easily taken away and difficult to recreate through other means.
Today the California Supreme Court is expected to announce their ruling on whether the people of that state can vote to take rights away from a minority. The difference there is that same-sex marriage was not legal in Missouri and was made super-duper illegal in 2004…it was legal in California and then made illegal through a ballot initiative.
As a result, the legal standing of thousands of once legal now legally unclear marriages hangs in the balance…along with the ability for others to seek legal recognition of their commitment in the future.
Some will hear the ruling and cheer.
Others will hear the ruling and boo then hiss.
There is little doubt that the war will continue no matter what the outcome of this battle is.
And comfort comes from knowing where you stand…
…and being committed to getting where you deserve to be.