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AND NOW WHAT?

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By Jim Cogar
June 27, 2015 at 8:34 a.m.


    Well, as far as the Law is concerned, the matter for now is settled. Everyone can marry anyone they want to. And that's a good thing because it is fair and in keeping with the spirit of the U.S. Constitution. At least in my view. Now the reactions begin and it is here where our true character will be tested. So far, I think we are failing.

    The reactions have begun and they are true to form from the politicians who are courting those who oppose the ruling. And from those who wish to force opponents to accept the ruling at any cost. But it is really up to us, the common citizen as well as the leaders to set the tone on how we proceed. It is my wish that people on both sides will use common sense, courtesy, and respect on how we adjust to the inevitable. It is that if we just look at the changes taking place in our communities and the country as a whole. If we react in ways that inflame the supporters of either side of the issue, then the chance of division and separation will only increase, and both sides lose. I understand the emotions on both sides will be hard to contain, but we must reach within ourselves to find the better nature of our characters and refuse to give in to any acts that provoke or inflame our beliefs and emotions. And it doesn't matter which side of the issue you are on. Proactive rabblerousers will jump on any opportunity to embarrass or test the mettle of the other side. Be it forcing a merchant or civil servant to conform to the law or attempts to circumvent it by those who oppose it, either will only increase the likelihood that this issue will fester and consume us to the point that no one will win except those who wish to be seen and made to feel important. 

    Let's not give in to the rhetoric and provocation that some would have us undertake. Let's give time, respect, and the dignity of each of us to work all the inevitable bumps that are going to happen to be smoothed over so we can all become one society of caring, loving people who hold ourselves to a standard above partisanship and hate. I am firm in my conviction that the Supreme Court has made the right decision, but I also refuse to force anyone to agree with me, or do so in a way that makes them violate their beliefs which are as heartfelt as mine. Join me.

 

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