Monday, July 07, 2003

Equality...

Last month Justice Scalia wrote in his dissent of the Texas Sodomy case:

Today's opinion is the product of a Court, which is the product of a law-profession culture, that has largely signed on to the so-called homosexual agenda, by which I mean the agenda promoted by some homosexual activists directed at eliminating the moral opprobrium that has traditionally attached to homosexual conduct.

What Scalia admits here is that the he does not believe in equality for gays. The 'so-called homosexual agenda’ has always meant nothing more than equality. And that equality means - in the long run - marriage. But let's face it. Will gay marriage hurt America?

No. Only Right Wing Christian Conservatives - who seem gladly ready to make America a hell for everyone not sharing their views - have real opposition to gay marriage. Some believed America was headed that way when Blacks and women were given rights. But, indeed, we have survived and are a better country now (at least in terms of equality) than at any time in our history.

In short, Scalia has no problem with homosexuals he just doesn’t believe they should be treated equally. His opinion is not unlike the old slave owners who said pretty much the same thing during the Reconstruction era about blacks. Not realizing, of course, that holding an entire segment of the population down due to atavistic, myopic-brained laws is as malevolent as putting them behind a wall.

This is a man who has no problem setting this country back 40 years and it's scary that he is one step from being Chief Justice.

Fortunately, California believes in equality.

Weeks before the Supreme Court struck down a Texas law against sodomy, gays and lesbians were already making unprecedented headway toward complete legal equality in California.

They may reach that goal in almost every way by the end of this summer - ironically, just three years after voters here passed an initiative banning gay marriages by a 61-39 percent margin.


Someday we will look back at all this and wonder why it took so long to accept the equality of gays.