Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A refresher course

The things I've been reading online have led me to believe that too many people completely checked out during high school civics.  Here's a list of things that are definitely not going to happen when marriage equality becomes the law of the land.

Things that ARE NOT going to happen if the Supreme Court overturned state bans on same sex marriage:

1. The earth is not going to implode.   This isn't government related, but I thought I'd throw that out there.
2.  Your local court houses are not going to have the right to refuse to issue marriage licenses.  Really.  That will be illegal.
3. Pastors/priests/rabbis/shamans who don't want to marry same sex couples will NOT have to marry them.  At least the government is not going to make them. (They may get social pressure from parishioners or their bishops, but that's not the same thing as the government.)   They don't actually have to marry ANYONE. It is their choice whether they provide religious services to people and always has been.
4. No one will be arrested for "being a Christian", even if being a Christians is code for telling gay people they're going to hell or that their marriage isn't valid.  It just won't mean anything in a court of law anymore.

Just in case you had any doubts, the Supreme Court is SUPREME in the United States.  Its ruling can only be overturned by more of its rulings.  Period.

If same sex marriage bothers you, don't get married to someone who has the same gender as you.  Decline the wedding invitation.  Say your cakery is booked.  (It doesn't have to be true, you just can't agree to do it and then back out at the last minute like an asshole.)  People will think you're mean, but that's probably the worst thing that will happen to you.

It will be okay. 

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