I am logged on to ScotusBlog for their live blogging of opinions. I have been logging on to SCOTUSBlog every Monday (and any other special opinion days) since the beginning of June. Every Monday morning this month is like waiting to unwrap Christmas presents…but instead of toys, it’s words…on paper…My friends and I have a rolling chat and during the past couple of SCOTUS sessions we’ve chatted and watched opinions roll in. It’s fun for us because we’re huge dorks…In the legal world the Justices are like rock stars. Like, I for real lost my shiz when I saw Justice Scalia at a cathedral in France. He was there to teach a class I was taking but still…I saw a Supreme Court justice in the wild!!!
Of course the major reason I and thousands (47K this morning to be exact) of logged on is because of the marriage case (and probably the healthcare case too). I am lucky to live in a state where my marriage is recognized and I get to be my child’s legal parent without much ado. Many don’t though…and that’s just not OK…
[breaking for opinions @ 10:01 AM]
[back at 10:300 AM – should have been sooner but I got distracted by some charts]
I was reading a blog post on the way to work this morning…the author was discussing in great detail her philosophy on natural rights and moral rights, etc. It was a very intellectual discussion on her, for lack of a better word, ideology which made me reflect (she also wrote a follow-up). That’s always a good thing in my opinion. The recent popular vote in Ireland to allow same-sex marriage is the ideal, I think. To have citizens of your town, state and country say that you are included and not excluded. Putting things to a vote. Letting the people decide. Letting democracy do its thang. I believe in democracy. But people…
I think it’s people I am having the problem believing in. It’s hard to trust that the same people who voted on a bill to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage in a state not that long ago would then turn around and change their mind. I have a hard time putting my trust in people who do not know the difference between a homosexual and a sexual predator. Are minds changing and growing? Sure, every day. It is fair to say that it is happening quite rapidly but at different rates in different states. There are times though when something is the right thing to do whether you agree or not. To realize that the world is bigger than you. That when you break it down, marriage is a legal contract between two people that comes with certain privileges. Those two people get to decide if they want to involve a god in that covenant. If a covenant under a god was the only thing at stake, why would we need to go to court? We wouldn’t need lawyers and paperwork. You could get married anywhere anytime because your spiritual covenant cannot be touched by man.
Recently the Pitcairn Islands decided to legalize marriage because it was the right thing to do. There is not even a confirmed report of someone interested in marrying the same-sex but they did it because someone might want to one day. Those 48 people made a decision that impacts the lives of people they don’t even know yet. That gives me hope that one day popular opinion will be one of inclusion but I don’t think it’s today. So I am putting all of my figurative eggs in the basket of the Supreme Court and of legal minds especially the Notorious RBG.
There was no decision in the marriage case today. There are seven opinions still expected from SCOTUS for this term. Some very important cases still pending (healthcare, death penalty, marriage). SCOTUSBlog will be back at it again on Thursday if you want to join! There is only 1 Monday left in June so the decision is coming soon!!!