Number 1 Hero of the Year Award 2013: United States Supreme Court

31 Dec

marriage-equalityI always love to find people and events to celebrate, especially when they move humanity forward.  This past June, the Supreme Court helped to create equity and equality and move humanity forward with its decision to end the nefarious Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a rather sad legacy of President Bill Clinton. One presumes he has had a change of heart.

Sadly, the move towards equity and equality was not a resounding unanimous cheer.  The country certainly needs to celebrate and acknowledge the wonderful work of Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Not a big surprise that the following four justices leave a legacy of hate, bigotry, and discrimination:  Chief Justice John Roberts, Antonin (I hate the gays) Scalia, Samuel Alito, and of course Clarence Thomas.  How very sad for these four powerful men and even more sad that the Chief Justice sent a very loud message about how he will misuse his power regarding civil rights.

Today, we now have 18 states (if one counts Utah) that provide marriage equality; this is far better than what I expected in my lifetime. Now I have hope that we will see full marriage equality throughout the United States within my lifetime.

There were many nominations for the following Honorable Mentions this year:

Antoinette Tuff

Russell Brand

Pope Francis

I look forward to being able to celebrate many heroes in 2014!  Happy New Year!

15 Responses to “Number 1 Hero of the Year Award 2013: United States Supreme Court”

  1. Central Oregon Coast NOW December 31, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    Reblogged this on Central Oregon Coast NOW.

  2. QueeRevolutionary (@QueeRevolt) December 31, 2013 at 8:16 am #

    Pope Franky is not a hero he is a gay bashing ChristoFascist who excommunicated a priest who was for marriage equality, and that Jesus Freak is shocked that a Malta government official is for LGBT citizens adopting children thrown away by their heterosexual mothers.

    That Jew bashing gay bashing dude said he does not judge anyone who is a Jesus Freak but if you are gay and not a Jesus Freak he thinks he has the authority to judge us. He told Catholic priests & cardinals to STFU about gay rights. He did not say he supported our human rights.

    He threatened and promised to enforce all of this genocidal gay bashing women bashing ChristoFascism

    How come Edie Windsor is not on your list of heroes because it is because of what she did that five of United States Supreme Court Justices ruled that Section 3 of the Discriminatory Offensive Marriage Attack is unconstitutional.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 31, 2013 at 8:19 am #

      I would have been happy to have included Edie Windsor, however she was not nominated and I took all of the Heroes and Bigots from the nominations I received.

      • QueeRevolutionary (@QueeRevolt) December 31, 2013 at 8:26 am #

        Too bad too many brainwashed gays think that Pope Gay Basher is a hero since this is what he thinks about us and there is NOTHING heroic about this
        Chastity and homosexuality

        2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,141 tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”142 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

        2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

        2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 31, 2013 at 8:29 am #

        Jessica, while I appreciate your perspective and agree with some of your content, I worry that you are not creating space for change or allowing for the complexity of human beings. While I agree this Pope has certainly demonstrated his homophobic ways, can we not at least celebrate a move in the right direction to addressing poverty, avarice, and greed?

  3. Dr. Rex January 1, 2014 at 8:00 am #

    Love this concept! TY for posting all this info!!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt January 1, 2014 at 8:12 am #

      Thanks, Dr. Rex. I received many nominations, and it was a difficult and complex choice, but this decision has a huge impact on the LGBTQ community.

      • Dr. Rex January 1, 2014 at 8:18 am #

        Yes, I totally agree, Michael.

  4. Dr. Rex January 1, 2014 at 8:02 am #

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Huge step for the LGBT community! In spite of these there is still so much negativity in people’s minds! There’s lagging behind.
    Need to catch up … Great post!

  5. Gary Hollander January 2, 2014 at 5:41 am #

    Thanks for keeping this new year’s custom alive, Michael. I look forward to it. I am maybe a little surprised by the Supreme Court given Citizen’s United, but I still understand that these recent actions are big. We might also consider the influence of Ms Windsor, the presidents who nominated the favorable justices, and the women in congress who are moving us into self-governing again.

    I believe I have noted to you before that I could get a little more excited about same-sex marriage if the issue were more a grassroots movement, more relevant to the poor, addressed the ludicrous systems that associate marriage with healthcare access and economic rights, and considered the issues associated with aged LGB people.

    In short, good choice. Really complicated.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt January 2, 2014 at 7:48 am #

      Thank you for commenting, Gary. Yes, it is a very complicated issue. Marriage equality is huge, but it does not solve homophobia. I would say from a systems perspective, it will help to chip away at the intersections of oppression, such as poverty, homelessness, and racism. Yes, The Supreme Court could have easily also taken the Bigot of the Year Award as well. Thank you also for brining up Ms. Windsor. Notwithstanding, this decision was huge and has a great impact.

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