Something dawned on me while listening to the debate on Prop8 and DOMA. And it was not pretty. As I listened, I heard people actively argue to keep other Americans from achieving full rights and status. I heard a push for the Supreme Court to rule in favor of willingly and knowingly depriving a portion of the population over matters of their private lives and choices.
Where are all the Drone people now, calling out against the actual liberty being derpived in front of our very eyes?
I was stunned to learn that there were laws until 1990 making it illegal to enter this country if you were openly gay.
The telling moment came when Justice Keagan read aloud parts of the actual Defense of Marriage Act from 1996. And when she read the part about the Congress chosing to deliberately stand against homosexuality and establish a clear and conscious bias openly, there was an audible gasp for the people sitting there listening. They were shocked to hear such overt "hate speech" contained in a legal act of Congress.
And that's the turning point. That's the point where people felt a churning in their guts when they heard someone say the "n" word after the 1960s. It is that internal instinct that tells you to be repulsed by something that is wrong on ever level. That is where we are finally arriving with regards to treatment of gays and lesbians.
Good for us. And about damned time.
We may not know the outcome until June, but I am going ahead and calling it out here today: California's Prop 8 will be declined by SCOTUS, and therefore be overturned (as it was in a lower court already), and the ruling on DOMA will be to strike it down. The ruling with be 6 to 3. Justice Kennedy will vote with the majority, but he will not be the lone deciding vote. He will be joined by Chief John Roberts (whose lesbian cousin) was in the audience for the hearing). The only opposing votes will come from Scalia, Alito and Thomas (who should know better, since his own marriage to a white woman was once just as illegal and just as hottly fought against as this issue. Shame on you, CT.)