Yesterday President Obama became the first President of theUnited States to declare support for same-sex marriage.
This is a historic moment and should be acknowledged as such.
When Missouri passed a constitutional amendment defining marriage as one man to one woman, I watched many a Missourian step forward and spout bullshit about how traditional marriage was being threatened by same-sex marriage and that marriage equality would destroy society and blah, blah, and blah.
The amendment passed in 2004.
50 percent of Missouri marriages still end in divorce.
The only thing that vote changed was the Missouri constitution.
North Carolina voters just used the ballot to bully same-sex couples wanting the right to marry and I can guarantee that not a damn thing is going to change regarding marriage in North Carolina except the law.
Anyhoo, President Obama got a lot right when he stated his belief that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry…
…but he got one big thing wrong.
This shit shouldn’t be left to the states…civil rights should not be decided by popular vote.
Interracial dating and marriage still isn’t popular. I recall an embarrassing public outcry in St. Louis when the St. Louis Post-Dispatch put an interracial couple on the cover of a magazine…and that was in 2009.
As for calls to move the Democratic National Convention from North Carolina because of their vote, I’ll leave that to party members and convention attendees to decide.
Just don’t come a’calling to St. Louis as an alternative because we were the runner up city.
If marriage equality is the litmus test then Missouri fails that shit big time. LGBT Missourians can be fired for being out…same-sex marriage is illegal and banned…and state lawmakers want to make it illegal to discuss sexual orientation in schools.
Missouri is, however, a shining example of what happens when granting or denying civil rights is left up to the states to decide.