Yesterday, I reflected on the disappointment of the passage of North Carolina's Amendment 1 on Tuesday.
Of course, there are states and countries and the District of Columbia that now offer same-sex marriage and more states and munincipalities that offer civil unions or domestic partnerships. It's not enough, but it's progress and it's against that progress that religious fundamentalists and right wing political activists are launching their assaults.
In the Fall, more states will consider marriage equality, and hopefully some of them will choose justice over homophobia. We continue to work for, pray for, and demand "liberty and justice for all."
Toward that noble goal, an amazing thing happened yesterday: for the first time in our nation's history, a sitting US President affirmed support for marriage equality. President Obama said:
What I've come to realize is that for loving, same-sex couples, the denial of marriage
equality means that, in their eyes and the eyes of their children, they are still considered
less than full citizens...So I decided it was time to affirm my personal belief that same-sex
couples should be allowed to marry.
His statement wasn't an executive order or a bill presented to Congress, but it was the power of the "bully pulpit" in action and it was a moral victory for same-gender loving people. His statement may or may not influence the outcome of events in state elections, but it was nevertheless courageous and it should encourage LBGT people and their allies to believe that positive change is still possible.
This is not an endorsement of a political party or a political candidate, but is an expression of gratitude that our president has made progressive movement on the issue and it is an affirmation of hope that more leaders will make similar gestures in support of justice and equality.
Rev. Durrell Watkins, D.Min.