This article was published on January 12th, 2015
As a gay Canadians, we enjoy all the rights we could dream about. We watch the progression of the LGBT rights movement in the United States with great intrigue. A judge in South Dakota ruled on Monday that the state’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. For Canadians, where same-sex marriage has been approved for well over a decade, we are continuously floored that the US judicial system still has to spend time to decide whether a ban on the right of a group of American citizens to marry is constitutional or not.
The individuals named in the case have the “fundamental right to marry” according to US District Judge Karen Schreier. Scheier argues there is not adequate justification to deprive the LGBT community marriage rights simply because they are same sex couples. An appeal remains possible by the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals in the state.
In related news, a series of emails were released that reveal the ever changing and confusing position of potential Republican presidential candidate and former Florida governor Jeb Bush on same sex marriage. The positions of potential presidential candidates from both parties should be examined for their stated views but also their actions.
For instance, former Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, has proven herself as a clear ally of the LGBT community, with her impassioned speeches on the issue around the world, including at the United Nations. Clinton said it really became very clear to her that if we’re going to support marriage in our country then it should be available for everyone regardless of who they love, and “that this marriage equality issue is a great human rights issue,” potential Democratic presidential candidate Hilary Clinton said.
Her actions have matched her words with her ongoing commitment to fighting for human rights throughout the world. Too many politicians use their positions on issues like gay rights to help them secure voters and gaining elected office. Each voter must take this responsibility seriously to choose to support the right candidates and just maybe it’s time for the Republican and Democratic candidates to choose a LGBT ally.
As Canada did years ago, and the United States is approaching those who are supporters of the LGBT community, to have a chance to rally together and fight for marriage and frankly human rights for all people; gay or straight, black or white, rich or poor. Love, not orientation, will be what matters in the future.