Yesterday’s Fallout

Crossposted from Democratic Convention Watch

Yesterday was an amazing day. Everyone is still pouring over the decisions, but the bottom line is that it's just now a matter of time before all the American states legalize gay marriage. Expect to see a multitude of lawsuits over the next several months from couples legally married in one state, but living in another, suing their state of residence for legal rights. There will be a lot of split decisions, and eventually, it will be back in front of the Supremes.

More after the jump.

Expect to hear a lot about ENDA. It's astounding that while gays can marry in 12 states, the District of Columbia, and really soon in California, they can still be fired just for being gay. That will fall, too.

A friend posted this, with a great photograph, on her Facebook feed yesterday:

Q: What does this lesbian couple do on the historic evening when SCOTUS says bye to DOMA and Prop 8?
A: we attend our daughters swim meet.
Ain't life grand? Yes it is.

And that's the bottom line: gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered individuals… they are just like everybody else. They get up in the morning and face the day. They go to work and cook dinner. They want the exact same things that straight people want: to live life, contribute to society, love their kids, just regular stuff. I know a lot of LGBT people, and the only difference between my straight friends and my LGBT friends is who they sleep with. And you know something? It's not my business. It's only my business when standing up against the creeps and cretins who abuse people. But normal LGBT people are the same as normal straight people: they are consenting adults with other consenting adults, and seriously, who cares? Love is love.

The right, though, doesn't seem to get it. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) is introducing legislation in the House for a Constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Could it pass the House? Sure. The only things the House seems to be able to do is pass things that then die. 

I'm looking forward to 2014. Despite the Republican Autopsy telling them that they need to embrace Americans, all Americans, they can't stop themselves. Like alcoholics locked into a liquor store overnight.  And the American electorate may be stupid, ill-informed and lazy, but they can't miss this. There is no one who doesn't know an LGBT person. And now, the cries of the right will fall on ears that know it's not some obscure gay person, they're trying to legislate against someone's son, daughter, mother, father, sibling, friend, neighbor or co-worker. 

And let's not forget Texas. Wendy Davis and her compadres will be out in force for the July Special Session. And this time, try as they might, Rick Perry and his evil minions will not be able to use the cloak of night: the Texas Tribune will be there with cameras, the MSM will show up, and it won't be hundreds in the galleries, it will be thousands. 

Yesterday was a great day, but there's a lot left to do. And I do mean "left." Independence Day is next Thursday. My plan is to go to my local fireworks display wearing one of my "vote" tee shirts, and I'm going to register voters. Because this is America, and because voting matters. I want to see elected officials who will vote for ENDA, and vote against a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, and vote for choice. I hope you'll join me. Because yes, we can. 


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