Is race just too difficult an issue?
Elinor Tatum | 6/27/2013, 12:41 p.m. | Updated on 6/27/2013, 12:41 p.m.
So the decision on race, or semi-decisions on race, or the disappointment on the decisions of race, were quite a letdown, and it seemed as though the court was not able to make the hard decisions. Yet on Wednesday, in a great win for the LGBTQ community, the court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. With this ruling, same-sex married couples will have the same federal rights as other married couples.
So, in the span of a week, same-sex couples get equity, colleges may be able to use race as a basis for admission, and Congress gets to decide what states and municipalities need to be watched over in terms of elections.
I am not trying to take a win away from anyone, but if we are trying to preserve the rights of all communities, as provided for in the Constitution, shouldn’t voting rights and marriage rights both be protected? And this is particularly salient in view of gay advocates summoning the spirit and resolve of the Civil Rights Movement in their struggle for equality. While the LGBTQ community gets validation for marriage, minority communities are getting marginalized.
This court and this Congress will need to be held accountable, and we as Americans are going to need to fight harder and raise our voices and our power to ensure that this Congress does the right thing with alacrity and that the next justices who come onto the court believe in the equality for all, a cherished right that we supposedly hold dear. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Well, we all know some are more equal than others. And inevitably, the struggle continues.