Rainbow smoke has cleared the tower of the Supreme Court this morning and they have ruled in favor of marriage equality for all fifty states. The Religious Right are going even more nuts than usual. Many had threatened to leave the country if gays and lesbians gained the right to marry. Well, don’t let Lady Liberty hit you on your way out!
Glenn Beck even said that he had an army of pastors willing to fight to the death if gays got the right to marry. So what now, Glenn? What now?
This used to be a winning wedge issue for the Religious Right. It is the issue that helped George W. Bush gain as many votes as he got. Within recent years, it has become an issue that political progressives have fought hard for and have been able to turn public opinion around on. Even centrist Democrats like Obama and Hilary Clinton reluctantly came around on this issue and stopped saying that their religious values have taught them that marriage is between one man and one woman. Of course, now they claim that they secretly supported marriage equality the whole time, but were just waiting for the political landscape to change.
The truth is that this is a wedge issue, but it is our wedge issue. Not for politics, but for religion. There is no doubt that when it comes to gay rights, the Religious Right have the Biblical high ground. The problem is that it has become clear that they do not have the moral high ground. In other words, the Bible is wrong on this issue and that is obvious to see. The Bible is wrong on slavery and women’s rights and it is wrong on gay rights too.
The Supreme Court has just ruled against the Holy Bible and those who take their holy book seriously know it. This is just another in a long list of issues that religion got wrong. We have to point that out because there are other battles that still need to be fought like climate change. Plus, this battle isn’t over yet. The Religious Right have been backed into a corner and they aren’t going to surrender on this issue peacefully. But at least now their options are extremely limited. You might even say that they don’t have a prayer.
Congratulations to all those within the greater LBGT community who now have the equal right to marry the person they love.
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