Victory for the Constitution
June 26, 2015 at 9:45 a.m.
In the last two days, Supreme Court decisions have been handed down that will cause great consternation among many here in East Texas. It turns out that having health insurance coverage is, in fact, a part of our mandate as a Democracy. That the Fair Housing Act cannot be used to promote segregation. And that love is present in places many may find uncomfortable. To me, it is only a reaffirmation that what the Constitution is really all about is Fairness and Equality of Opportunity. It is my opinion that those tenets are the true basis of our system of government. For those who disagree, either personal, faith-based, or gut instinct, the march of time and an increased agreement among your fellow citizens is leaving you behind. But let's be clear about something. No one is asking you to give up anything meaningful. If your church, synagogue, or mosque does not want to participate in a ceremony involving love and respect, you won't have to despite anything the fear mongers will say. Besides, use some common sense. Who wants to be married, a ceremony involving love, in a place where that love cannot be shared? If you choose not to agree with a life style for what ever reason, I find it difficult to believe any one will want you as a part of their ceremony or their life. The only ones who will be hurt by this decision are those who wish to isolate themselves from a situation that has the potential to bring happiness to others. So feel good in your isolation while the remainder of us celebrate the joy and fullness that comes with love, respect, and opportunity.