Henry Rollins: Misguided Outrage Over DOMA's Demise
It's interesting that people who cite the Constitution often don't seem to be reading the same one that the rest of us are. Again, the 14th Amendment, from 1868 (my personal favorite of the 27) tells all you need to know in the first of its five sections. I am going to assume that you are familiar with it. (Here, bookmark this address.)
DOMA was, in fact, an attack on the Constitution. Countless numbers of people have been saying for years that marriage equality is covered by the First, Fourth and 14th Amendments quite well, thank you very little.
Think of any way in which Bill marrying Tom will stop you from doing anything you want to do or strip you of any freedom you enjoy right now. I know. So, it's a strange place Ms. Bachmann is coming from. In a written statement issued on that auspicious Wednesday, she also said this. (When she goes into the God thing, she loses all constitutional traction with me.)
"Marriage was created by the hand of God. No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted."
What is with these people? In many cases, sure, it could just be a generic cocktail of hatred and intolerance, but I wonder if there's something more because the anger is so fierce. Perhaps there's some past trauma that's not being addressed, or a life issue not being dealt with. Send in Dr. Drew!
It should be noted that, while the DOMA decision can be chalked up on the civil rights victory board or used as a balm to nurse the wound of the Supreme Court's treatment of the Voting Rights Act, there is still a long way to go. The pull-down of DOMA is a great start but that is what it is, a start. In a situation like this, when there is a foot in the door, you then see just how big and heavy the door really is. Marriage equality in America is still not here and it will require a lot of voices, a lot of persistence and a lot of effort from every person who values equal rights for all.