Wednesday, June 26, 2013

#HappyMoments A 30-day Challenge Day 14

Today was a happy day for all those who believe that "all men are created equal" and that "man" includes women, people of all races, nationalities, places of birth, socioeconomic status, abilities, sexuality, and anyone else who does not identify as white, educated, heterosexual, land-owning man.  The Supreme Court stuck down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act that denied legally married same-sex couples the same federal benefits provided to heterosexual spouses as it violated the Fifth Amendment, specifically, that "no state shall ... deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."  I hope that this will encourage the LGBTQ communities and allies in the states where same-sex marriage is not legal to rise up and demand civil marriage equity.

Wendy Davis (Democrat, Texas) filibustered for thirteen hours yesterday to block a bill that would greatly restrict abortions and because of her untiring work, SB5 is dead and will have to be reintroduced...if the anti-abortionists dare...  Yet again, I hope that this will encourage more like-minded people to stand up and not allow our politicians to continue to chip away at Roe v. Wade.  Rick Perry, Texas Governor and former Presidential candidate, said that Texans "value life and want to protect women and the unborn."  I know that this would not have been uttered and that abortion would not be an issue if men, and not women, got pregnant.  Politicians would not dare make laws that limit a man's control of his own body.

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