As the battle over whether or not gay people should be allowed to marry in the United States (which quite honestly makes me fee ashamed and embarrassed to even admit that in this day and age there’s a debate raging as to whether or not gay people should be allowed to marry), many lawyers are comparing the issue of gay marriage to that of interracial marriage.
While the two are certainly not the same, there are similarities, the primary one of which being that we’re discussing (and debating) essentially whether or not said gay individuals are human and hence deserving of full human rights under the law. This is what makes it ridiculous.
Malcolm X and Dr. King knew that for for racial equality to stand a chance in the U.S. they had to make it an international human rights matter and involved other nations into shaming us.
They took it beyond the localized political debate realm. It was no longer a matter of local opinion, but a global human rights violation. This is why there were so many iconic photographic images of the civil rights movement. Dr. King wanted photos. Lots of photos. So did Brother Malcolm. The more photos of unarmed peaceful civil rights protestors being beaten and attacked, the better.
So it is (to me) in many ways with marriage equality. I don’t know if gay people protest for equal rights on the same level as African Americans did during the civil rights movement, but if gay marriage equality is denied or simply ignored by the Supreme Court I’d say peaceful protests should be a no-brainer. And there should be photos. Lots and lots of photos. Especially when police freak out over the appearance of crowds of protestors and commence beating anyone in sight (as they did with the Occupy movement and every other peaceful protest movement in the past). Failure to enlarge the scope of the issue is to keep it in the “ghetto” where it can never be resolved.
Whether or not gay people are entitled to marry is a resounding – of course they should be allowed. They’re human and this is a human rights issue – not a local political issue. When we see this is a human rights violation and not a political issue more progress will be made in my humble estimation.
- How the Supreme Court May Buck Public Opinion on Gay Marriage, in Charts (theatlanticwire.com)
- Same-sex marriage changes unlikely after Supreme Court arguments (voxxi.com)
- Supreme Court Hears Challenge To Defense Of Marriage Act (newsone.com)
- Supreme court indicates cautious approach to gay marriage rights (guardian.co.uk)
- Supreme Court to Weigh on Gay Marriage (kennedylive.wordpress.com)
- Bet You Can’t Tell The Difference Between These Actual Anti-Interracial And Anti-Gay Marriage Quotes (mediaite.com)
- Thoughts on the Supreme Court & Gay Marriage (bilerico.com)
- Supreme Court Takes Up Gay Marriage (on.aol.com)
- Listen to Court’s Audio in Gay Marriage Case (newser.com)
- Justices hear arguments on Calif. Gay marriage ban (kfwbam.com)