Friday, June 26, 2015

My take on US marriage equality ruling

Today, I’m most proud to be a citizen of the greatest civilization our world has ever known. As President Barack Obama said today, "America is a place where you can write your own destiny." The US Constitution survives the test of time as Gay Marriage becomes federal law across America.
The precedent that started in 2004 after a high court ruling in Massachusetts reached 37 states going into today until a Supreme Court ruling struck down the unconstitutional ban, enabling same-sex marriage to sweep up all 50 states in a thunderbolt, enabling 321 million Americans to live under marriage equality. Since America is the dominant world power, this is a historic day for humankind, everywhere. ‪#‎LoveWins‬
Domestically, it marks a cultural sea change that started with President Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Emancipation Proclamation that freed all slaves to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and from the Stonewall riots in 1969 that prompted the gay liberation movement to today’s ruling ending the struggle of gays & lesbians to have the dignity they rightfully deserve.
Internationally, now that the political war over gay culture is over in America and the western world, LGBTI advocates can concentrate their energy to spread universal human rights to the benighted lands of the east; in places like Uganda and in current and former communist countries where gays face cruel discriminatory laws and in the Islamic World where homosexuals are still punished with the death penalty.
The new frontier in the battle over gay rights will be fought in places like Afghanistan, where the cultural war is now in motion and a continued US occupation and a transitional democracy ensures Enlightenment ideals seep into the country and empower a nascent civil society and the new generation of Afghan youth, yearning to be free and equal, to join the civilized world. Let's make President Obama's words, "We are a people who believe that every single child is entitled to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness" reach every human on the planet.

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