The Attorney General of Massachusetts sued federal authorities, claiming that the “Defense of Marriage Act” violates several sections of the U.S. Constitution–by denying the traditional authority of states to determine the rules for civil marriage.
The twists and turns in this debate can be frustrating. It would be great if the President and Congress, or the Supreme Court, made same-gender-loving marriage legal in one simple act. But it isn’t going to be like that . . . at least not yet.
Instead, just as in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s with lawsuits brought by Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP to overturn racial segregation, the courts are going to be the scene of titanic legal arguments–that will lead, eventually, to a just outcome.
It is inevitable, yes. But for the inevitable to happen, we must work.
It reminds me of Moses and the Israelites in the wilderness. They got where God intended them to go, even though it took 40 years. The key was staying together and staying focused.
That is the key to the liberation struggle for queer folks, too.
Rev. Dr. Robin H. Gorsline is President of People of Faith for Equality in Virginia, an interfaith organization of gay and straight clergy and lay people working for equality for LGBT Virginians. Read more of his thoughts on faith and spirituality on his personal blog.