the *real* shocker

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Wow. Even the banner at the top of my editor’s page is a rainbow.

So, today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to gay marriage. I learned of their decision this morning. A lot of people are happy about this; a lot of others are not. (Just sign into facebook — you’ll see what I mean.) But whether you agree or disagree with this decision, my question is: Are you really surprised? I mean, really?

Now, granted. If today’s vote means that you can now legally marry the love of your life, then, by all means, celebrate! I can’t imagine what it’d be like to be told I couldn’t marry the person I love, but I can understand the excitement of being told that I could. I’m happy for you. Really.

But you can’t tell me you didn’t see this coming.

And maybe you’re on the opposite end of the spectrum. Maybe you think gay marriage is wrong. Good for you . . . I guess. (I was taught not to judge, or at least to leave judgment up to Him. I’ve got enough of my own sh** to worry about without worrying about everyone else’s.) I understand where you’re coming from, though, and I respect your opinion.

But you can’t tell me you didn’t see this coming.

The United States has been becoming more and more liberal for years, now. Our very foundations are liberal, and as the world’s self-purported “most tolerant” country, where all men are to be treated equally (cough), is it any surprise that such a ruling should be passed? Really?

The only thing that surprises me is that this ruling didn’t happen sooner.

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20 thoughts

  1. I am surprised too that this ruling didn’t come sooner. It was always a matter of time, and I think the same applies to Australia…maybe someday the same will happen here. I’m with you on nothing judging those who aren’t in favour of marriage equality, knowing a few people like that myself. At the end of their day, it’s their perspective, and their choice. We all have a choice to think what we want to think, it is our right. Agree to disagree so we can all get on with our lives.

    Hope you are well, Jess. Enjoy summer :)

    • Glad you agree, Mabel. I always appreciate your thoughts. I believe Australia will pass this law, too. I really am ambivalent to this matter. I’m not in favor of promoting homosexuality, but I’m not going to fight it, either. It’s an issue I flat out don’t understand because I am not homosexual. That’s why I say, “Who am I to judge?” I’ll leave judgment to someone else.

  2. I wasn’t sure where you were headed with this when I started reading it, but you didn’t disappoint. ;) What I find fascinating is your accurate reference to the liberal traditions this country was founded on — that reality is the exact opposite of what so many on the right believe is our history.

    • I’m glad you appreciated my thoughts. It’s true. The foundations of this country are quite liberal compared to the mentality from which its founders came from. The idea that government and religion should be kept separate, and that the ruled body should have a say in who’s their ruler, and that all men should be treated equally — that’s liberal.

      • Yep. One of the things I find fascinating about this is that the only thing this decision covers is civil marriage. It says nothing about the religious institution of marriage but to hear the naysayers you’d think we were destroying their religious freedom.

  3. Reblogged this on Enigma and commented:
    “(I was taught not to judge, or at least to leave judgment up to Him. I’ve got enough of my own sh** to worry about without worrying about everyone else’s.) ” hahaha so true, :)

  4. I appreciate this post, because everything you say is so true. I don’t believe in judging, and I don’t believe in depriving any group of people their right to the security and protection of a legal union.

    • Thank you, Joni. I’m glad to find like-minded people. I just don’t see what benefit there is to being too strongly left- or right-winged here. Isolation is the only thing that will occur.

  5. It’s always a surprise to see what people are “surprised” about. You put into words what I often can’t believe, peoples shock and awe of the unbelievable. I don’t think you can promote or not promote homosexuality I think it just “is” and being less open or secretive about it isn’t going to change that fact. I am very happy about the courts vote as you can see.

  6. The laws of nature dictate that all things… EVERYTHING, is impermanent and must adapt or soon go extinct. If humans don’t do the same, well…

    …the result is obvious.

    This landmark Supreme Court decision — which should go down as famously as slavery or segregation decisions — is a very VERY great day in U.S. history! It is wonderful to see the U.S. join the rest of the world… a tiny bit more. :D

  7. Very simply, with ISIS in all 50 states, Obama has signed the death warrants of all samesex marriage partners. The Islamic terrorists in all 50 states are opposed to gays and samesex. Will the gays raise up an Ernst Roehm as Hitler had… or will they make a mass exodus south of the equator? Meanwhile, incremental Sharia Law will be hastened in America to oppose this. Obama thought he was following the New Deal Birth Control agenda – but it will backfire as he has put all American gays in serious danger…

  8. Amen, this does not shock me at all ~ in fact, it is a little embarrassing being a country as proactive as the USA that we are so far behind the times. How people get bent out of shape what other people do or think, when those things do not affect their own lifestyle is mind boggling. Simply not logical.

    Perhaps, what people celebrated is that logic won without any senseless politics playing a role. Great post Jess ~

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