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     I want to share some inspiration with you. I am lucky enough to be a part of a critique group of wonderfully supportive ladies who are a constant source of inspiration and motivation. Only Rachel and I have yet to put a story out to the masses, but I am here to tell you that Rachel has a YA Sci-Fi story that’s brilliant. Her newborn twins put her a bit behind schedule but Rachel’s mounting a comeback. At this point, this blog and the blog on my dog website, www.SpanishWaterDogTexas.com is as close to publishing as I’ve come but I’m working on that.
     Do yourself a favor - peruse these blogs/websites and read these books:

Ella Slayne
www.ellaslayne.wordpress.com

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=ella+slayne

Lori Otto:
www.authorloriotto.wordpress.com

http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Found-Book-One-ebook/dp/B004XZUK58/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345221505&sr=1-1&keywords=lori+otto

http://www.amazon.com/Time-Stands-Still-Found-ebook/dp/B004XZULCK/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345221582&sr=1-2&keywords=lori+otto

Ash Robbins:
www.wckedwords.wordpress.com

On her blog, Ash is posting a chapter at a time of her Fifty Shades of Grey spoof, Fifty Shades of Puddin’. Everyone needs a gut-jigglin’ laugh so go now and read.



 
 
I have many family and friends who do not agree with me on many things - the fact that I’m ruining my children’s future by homeschooling them, the fact that I’m contributing to possible epidemics and endangering the lives of other children because I chose not to vaccinate my kids, the fact that I choose to not push religion or a particular belief system on my kids, and including but not limited to the fact that I support same sex marriage.

For the sake of this writing, I’m taking God, as in the Christian God, out of the equation for a minute. Boy that stops half of them right in their tracks because they can’t have a discussion about LGBT people without pulling scriptures out of their pockets to throw at me. But humor me, just a bit, and let God take a small break from this discussion because this is about basic human rights. Period.

Our grandchildren and great-grandchildren are going to look back at this and compare it to black people being denied voting rights, women being denied the right to vote, black men not being allowed to marry white women when a white man could marry a black woman - basic human rights as guaranteed in our Constitution. Just read the first paragraph:

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence {sic}, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

The United States of America, famous for being a melting pot, grew to prominence because of our diversity and in spite of our historical tendencies which have leaned toward puritanical. I don’t mean this in the strictly religious way, but in everyday life. We’ve always chosen particular groups to step on so we can feel superior. Catholics and Jews were discriminated against; the Irish, Chinese, Italians were all discriminated against, and whereas marrying outside your ethnicity was frowned upon, it wasn’t illegal, unless you were African American.

Let’s take a little trip down memory lane. In 1664, that’s 348 years ago, Maryland passed the first law that banned marriage between whites and slaves. It went so far as to order the white women who married black men to be enslaved. Other states soon followed suit. Pennsylvania led the way to full interracial marriage recognition in 1780 by repealing it’s 1725 law banning interracial marriage. Though several states were taking that first step toward true equality, the U.S. Supreme Court landed a blow to interracial marriage in an 1883 ruling that lasted more than eighty years. 

Why do we care? Over 100 years later, opponents of same sex marriage used this Supreme Court ruling as a basis for argument. Their foothold was in this particular wording as written by Justice Stephen Johnson Field for the Court: …the punishment prescribed in the two sections is directed against the offense designated and not against the person of any particular color or race… The opponents’ claim is the there is no discrimination on the basis of sex because heterosexual-only marriage laws, just like the laws written to ban interracial marriage, technically punish both men and women. Both are punished, therefore there is no discrimination.

It wasn’t until 1967 that the US Supreme Court discovered that do to the wording in the fourteenth amendment, state bans on interracial marriage violates a person’s civil rights. A portion of the fourteenth amendment is as follows: …No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws…

For that 1967 ruling, Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote for the court: 
"There is patently no legitimate overriding purpose independent of invidious racial discrimination which justifies this classification. The fact that Virginia prohibits only interracial marriages involving white persons demonstrates that the racial classifications must stand on their own justification, as measures designed to maintain White Supremacy ...

"The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men ... To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State's citizens of liberty without due process of law. The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious racial discriminations. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State."

From this point on, interracial marriage is legal throughout the United States. I quote Chief Justice Earl Warren in order to make a point. Let’s substitute same-sex marriage in the place of interracial marriage and see how it reads. I’ve underscored or struck through the changes.

"There is patently no legitimate overriding purpose independent of invidious sexual discrimination which justifies this classification. The fact that any state prohibits only marriages involving persons of the same gender demonstrates that the gender classifications must stand on their own justification, as measures designed to maintain Heterosexual Supremacy ...

"The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men ... To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the gender classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State's citizens of liberty without due process of law. The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious homosexual discriminations. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of the same gender resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State.


"From this point on, same sex marriage is legal throughout the United States."


It doesn’t read terribly differently does it? Not until the year 2000 did the state of Alabama, the lone hold-out in all the union, officially legalize interracial marriage although the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed the ban thirty-three years prior. It took 220 years for all of the United States of America to fully legalize/recognize interracial marriage. Wow. That’s a lot of discrimination. Is it going to take that long to correct the injustice served to our LGBT citizens? It’s the diversity in America that makes us great not Hitler-esque discrimination. Ours is not a free society when we deny persons of one sort that which is allowed for another sort.