It’s been awhile since I’ve posted on this blog. Life got in the way a little bit, but I’m back! For my first post of 2014 I want to share my thoughts about something I thought would never happen.
Today, February 26th 2014, a federal judge struck down Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage. That’s right. I said Texas.
Texas, notably referred to as the most conservative state in the country, was quite possibly the last on the list to legalize gay marriage. While San Antonio-based judge Orlando Garcia’s ruling can’t currently be enforced, it is an incredible (and surprising) step in the right direction. CNN reports that Greg Abbott, Texas Attorney General, has stated that he will challenge the ruling. Either way, despite majority conservative leadership and recent comments from Tea Party leadership in Arizona, including statements like:
“Quite frankly, we were blindsided by this,” she said. “We had no idea that gays had money and bought things just like regular people do.” – Carol Foyler, Tea Party Republican
The current of equality is slowly, but surely, sweeping the nation. I am proud to be living in a state where a judge in the minority had the courage to stand up for what is right. Many people can argue that “moral” issues like gay marriage are uniquely tied to subjective opinion and should be left to the voters, but I am of the firm opinion that a definitive parallel can be drawn between the gay rights movement of our generation (which actually began many years before the fight for marriage equality) and the civil rights movement of the 1960’s.
Today, a small piece of history was made in Texas, and I am just glad that I’m standing on the right side.