Friday, July 28, 2006

Blue State Blues

Washington state, otherwise dependably liberal (at least close to the Coast) has joined New York and Connecticut in ruling against gay marriage. Each of these states' highest courts has essentially punted on the issue. When it comes to correcting this injustice, these three states are "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil."

What makes the Washington case even more depressing is that two of the plaintiffs (technically, the "respondents" in the case) are friends of mine. One of them grew up with my domestic partner (husband!) and has been in a committed relationship for 20 years. Peter and David are two of the best human beings you could ever hope to meet. They deserved far better than the cowardly opinion delivered by the Supreme Court of Washington.

The fact that good and decent people like this are denied equal rights is a bloody stain on America's history. How shameful it is that we have to struggle for basic equality in our own land.

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