The newest Jam installment (and it’s spectacular) will run tomorrow, cure but today is a day for some serious talk.
Coming off of Tuesday’s rant about America’s accelerating retreat from anything remotely approaching social progress, generic today’s Supreme Court rulings were a welcome reminder that there are beacons of hope shining in the darkness.
I wasn’t sure which way the ruling would go. There was no consitutional basis — especially in the “strict interpretation” sense so beloved by reactionaries — for disallowing marriage equality, order but these were the same folks who’d just voided key components of the Voting Rights Act, limited redress for sexual harassment in the workplace, and added a prominent asterisk over the right to avoid self-incrimination.
While today’s decisions weren’t an absolute triumph for marriage equality, they did relagate both DOMA and Prop 8 to the dustbin of history. There’s still a ways to go before this country is at the place it ought to be — both legally and socially — on the issue of equal rights for all, but today was a huge step forward.
Feels good, doesn’t it? The same goes for the heroic stand taken by Wendy Davis and pro-choice activists that saw Texas’s latest piece of anti-choice legislation went down in flames.
Savor those feelings without guilt, for they are a powerful reminder of exactly what we’re fighting for, and a taste of what could be. Let it empower you as much, if not more than the indignant rage born of a thousand setbacks and defeats.
(Just be sure to leave a little room for some oh-so-tasty lashings of schadenfreude.)
Celebration only becomes complacency if you allow it to be.