I hear all the time that if it’s “not broke, don’t fix it”. I find that the large majority of people who say this simply don’t want their way to change. Maybe it scares them, I don’t know. But many of our old ways are wrong. History has shown this over and over again, why aren’t we listening? There was a time when women were not allowed to vote. There was a time when blacks were forbidden by law to marry whites. There was even a time when some people were legally considered property. Thank God someone challenged those ideals. Thank God someone had the guts to stand up and say, “this is wrong” even though the prevailing thought disagreed. The days of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell are over. Today’s decision handed down by the supreme court will finally bring in line those states that have been refusing a right that should be available to all consenting, legal adults. This includes North Dakota. It’s time to realize that consenting adults can and should be able to do the same across the board. Gay or straight, let people get married without imposing your views (religious or not) on them. If you are Christian and it’s against your personal set of beliefs or your bible tells you that marriage is between a man and a woman, then don’t marry someone of the same sex. It doesn’t take away from your faith because you get to decide how you worship. You are not being denied your right to marry.
Hopefully this decision will put this issue to rest. As a county we have more important things to figure out. In a country that screams FREEDOM, we need to stop judging our neighbors choices. You may not like what they do or how they live but it’s not your life. When we constantly take up sides, it only further divides this country. There may come a day when you need your neighbor.
Justice Anthony Kennedy gave his opinion on this issue and it was beautifully written and on point.
Maybe in my lifetime there will come a day when we can live as humans. When we can finally lay down the names and just be people working toward a common goal. Which goal is that? Well for me it’s to leave my area of influence a little bit better for those I will someday leave behind. Does one person have the power to do that? Probably not but if we all moved in a similar direction, it would be amazing what we could accomplish. Put down the names and just be good people. You don’t need a God to do the right thing. Right is right. Wrong is wrong. It’s in our DNA to understand what is fundamentally right and wrong. There are no excuses.