Today, my country is more evolved than yesterday. I am grinning. HAVE YOU HEARD???!!! The U.S. Supreme court ruled today that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, meaning that, in the 12 states which have already legalized gay marriage, married couples of all sexualities will now receive absolutely equal rights under the law. I think this young man’s sign pretty much says it all. By recognizing that love is love, we are working toward achieving a more perfect union. (Plus, Constitutional PUN!)
I can’t resist adding one more image. For my non-American friends who have no reason to be up on Texas politics: this issue is a bit more complex. Basically, Wendy Davis is the newest U.S. poster woman for female rights and health.
In order to prevent an incredibly ill-conceived anti-choice bill from passing into law, Wendy volunteered to filibuster for over 12 hours. By doing this, she effectively locked the Texas state Senate down. The clock struck midnight; their session closed. No session = no vote = no discriminatory law.
During this time, Senator Davis was not allowed to sit, lean, take a bathroom break, or pause in speaking for longer than five seconds. Her opponents didn’t even allow her to use her back brace, because it would have provided a measure of physical comfort. She stood anyway, hour after hour.
Today, news media reported that the bill failed to pass. In this battle of endurance and willpower, Wendy proved that one individual can make a difference.
The words shown here with her photograph come from U.S. Senator Todd Akin. Akin (in)famously said that abortion access should be denied to women who are impregnated through rape. He claimed that conception rarely occurs as a result of rape, saying, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down.”
Well, he was both scientifically and ethically wrong. Seeing his lies re-used in this positive context today makes me want to give Wendy Davis a standing ovation.
Today is a wonderful day in America-Land. I’ll sign off by summarizing my feelings like this: