I know, it is only July 2, but I’ve been thinking about this and we will be busy on the 4th going to the local parade and then a bbq afterwards…
The 4th of July is a good time to think about what is happening in our country.
People came to this country originally to escape religious persecution. Some people still flee to this country to escape it. However, once they got here, it was fairly common for these very same persecuted people to persecute others if they had a different belief. The Catholics and the Anglicans are good examples of this. They were both hated minorities in the early colonies and were often persecuted.
The persecuted becoming persecutors is no different today. There are groups of people out there who have decided that gays and lesbians are second class citizens (or in come cases, not citizens at all but demons). This is based on a religious belief. People then use their religious beliefs to pass laws against gays and lesbians. This is persecution and this is why we have a court system. I find it interesting that those who do not like it when a judge makes a decision for gay and lesbian rights say this is a blow to democracy. This is interesting because judges are part of the democratic process. All you have to do is read the Constitution to see how this democratic government was put together. The judicial branch is part of it and it was created, in part, to put a bit of restraint on the legislative and the executive branch. Judges make sure that the laws that are passed are legal and fair. Unfortunately for the anti-gay activists, their Prop. 22, which was passed by only 61% of the people who voted in 2000 and stated that marriage was between a man and a woman, was struck down. They cried Foul! and called for the elimination of these judges. They said that the will of the people had been thwarted by activist judges. However, the will of the people, in this specific case, was ruled unconstitutional. It doesn’t matter whether 100% of the people voted for it–it was illegal, for all the reasons put forth in the court’s findings.
It won’t be over in November either if the anti-gay amendment revises the Constitution. The State Supreme Court Justice has already said that this is a civil rights issue and that sexual orientation, in the law, must be looked at in the same way that race and religion (which is definitely a choice, by the way) is looked at. I’m hoping that the tide is turning against these anti-gay activists. If it does, you can bet it will be back, over and over again, just like it is in Arizona. The people voted it down and through illegal means the legislature put it back on the ballot to be voted on yet again. If it fails, it will be back until it passes. Ultimately this will have to be decided on at the Supreme Court level. This is the only way to stop these yearly attacks on gays and lesbians.
Anyway, getting back to the 4th of July. It is a celebration of our independence from a tyrant. It is a celebration of the fight for our freedoms. That fight still continues today against other tyrants, especially religious tyrants.