Friday, October 10, 2008

Matthew Shepard, Coming Out Day 2008 and Same-Sex Marriage Ban Overturned in CT!

Some other sites have already posted the news, but it's worth repeating:

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that marriage and civil unions are separate entities that are not equal, making gay marriage legal.

In the CT Supreme Court's words: "Although marriage and civil unions do embody the same legal rights under our law, they are by no means 'equal.' As we have explained, the former is an institution of transcendent historical, cultural and social significance, whereas the latter most surely is not,"

Also: "Despite the truly laudable effort of the legislature in equalizing the legal rights afforded same sex and opposite sex couples, there is no doubt that civil unions enjoy a lesser status in our society than marriage. We therefore conclude that the plaintiffs have alleged a constitutionally cognizable injury, that is, the denial of the right to marry a same sex partner."

Cara at the Curvature makes a great point that since the ruling is based on Connecticut's constitution, the decision isn't under the jurisdiction of the US Supreme Court. How's that for states rights?

If you're in Connecticut and want to celebrate, head on down to the Capital steps in Hartford at 5:30 and join Love Makes A Family to celebrate the decision!

Also in LGBT news, it's National Coming Out Day tomorrow so be sure to see if there are any Coming Out Day events in your area.

Sunday is the 10th anniversary of Matthew Shepard's death. He was robbed, tortured, and left tied to a fence to die, simply because of his sexual orientation. In our rejoicing today, let's also remember. It's not enough to simply tolerate those different than us... one of my friends pointed out in chapel today that there's a fine line between hating the sin and hating the sinner. We need to stand in solidarity with those who struggle for justice and those who struggle to simply be accepted.

6 comments:

The Great American said...

What does the fine line between "hating the sin" and "hating the sinner" have to do with anything? Because from What I've seen you don't agree with either of those...

Amelia said...

I published your comment even though I have no idea where the idea of your last sentence came from...

Renee said...

I am very reflective today because of the great decision. While I am thrilled it also serves to remind me how far we have to go. When I wrote about coming out day I drew a parallel between gay marriage and inter racial relationships. Not long ago those were also illegal. Love brings out the best in us and to outlaw this is so wrong. It also makes me think of a video that was posted at Habaldoras not long ago about gay marriage and immigration. We should e trying to bring each other together not looking for more reason to see difference.

Lindsay said...

It has to do with the difference between tolerance and acceptance. I feel people can slip between hating the sin and hating the sinner, or call hating the sin actually hating the sinner.

How do I not agree with either of those? Please clarify.

The Great American said...

Scratch the last line of my previous post. I just re-read it and I have NO idea what point I was trying to make.

Lindsay,

Maybe it's just not clicking right in my head. Are you referring to the difference between tolerance and acceptance in regards to the sin or the sinner?

Lindsay said...

I am. I think people sometimes conflate the sin with the sinner and end up being intolerant towards the person as opposed to the actions they disagree with.