Marriage Equality Not the Cure All…

29 Jun

marriage equalityWhile I am absolutely elated and ecstatic about the SCOTUS ruling for both healthcare and marriage equality — for I never thought in my lifetime I would see marriage equality in the United States — I am also reflecting on how complicated the institution of marriage is, with its deep roots of misogyny and racism. I am also grateful that I benefit from marriage and happy that the SCOTUS decision was on the anniversary of Lawrence v. Texas, and US v. Windsor.  

There remain many problems around marriage equality. Marriage equality hardly signals the eradication of homophobia, racism, or misogyny. In twenty-nine states, it is still legal to discriminate against the LGBT community in employment, housing, and education. In fact, fourteen of the states that already offered marriage equality simultaneously refuse to provide these basic protections (Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming). This is a horrible disconnect. In practice it means that a couple who celebrate a happy, significant occasion are in fact opening themselves up to more discrimination, perhaps even the loss of their homes or livelihoods.

I also want to address why the conversation has to address more than just marriage equality. I hope we will devote our collective energy in eradicating white supremacy, in solidarity around trans rights, in supporting undocumented people, and dismantling poverty.

I am also exceedingly sad about the legacy of hate, bigotry, homophobia, and racism that Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Scalia (and Scalia’s minions) are leaving.  Talk about being on the wrong side of history. Scalia is now a parody of himself, with his dissenting commenting, “jiggery pokery.”  Here we have two of the most powerful men in the world, using their power to undermine civil rights. Something to think about as we look at a presidential race in the United States that will be appointing new justices.Demons

While I am happy to celebrate marriage equality, I hope we take a call to action individually and collectively to address all of the intersections of racism, homophobia, misogyny, ableism, and poverty.

9 Responses to “Marriage Equality Not the Cure All…”

  1. Central Oregon Coast NOW June 29, 2015 at 8:30 am #

    Reblogged this on Central Oregon Coast NOW.

  2. Dr. Rex June 29, 2015 at 11:20 am #

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    …. there is still a lot of work left to do. Marriage equality is only the beginning! Celebrate and keep on trucking! There are more hills to conquer!!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt June 29, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

      Thank you for reblogging, Dr. Rex! Love and peace, Michael.

      • Dr. Rex June 29, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

        Love & peace .. always!! Hugs …🙂

  3. Kathleen Saadat June 30, 2015 at 7:49 pm #

    Michael, thank you for continuing to raise high the banner of humanity. While I am joyous and do celebrate the advances made so dramatically in one of the communities where my heart lives, there are others that are not fairing so well. I do not know if I can shed another tear, feel another racist stone tied round my neck without bending under its weight. The ongoing war against women, Black people, Brown people, poor people, returned veterans and the chronically homeless, chronically unemployed etc. continues. All of the GLBTQ community members must remember that within this group are members of all of the groups mentioned above and we ALL deserve to be regarded with empathy and compassion with a respect for our humanity. Oh yes, and not many people ever mention what is happening to our American Indian sisters and brothers. Love to you Michael.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt June 30, 2015 at 7:52 pm #

      Kathleen, thank you for chiming in here! I often wonder if you are aware of how much you have impacted my life and the lives of so many. I take comfort knowing there are so many of us working in solidarity around issues of race, gender, poverty, and all of the other intersections where we target people. With my great love, affection, and gratitude to you, Michael.

  4. Jay July 11, 2015 at 1:10 am #

    I’m glad you acknowledged this victory. There are still many areas where progress is needed, as your noted (I would put ENDA near the top of the list), but it is just and proper to to celebrate milestones, which marriage equality nationwide certainly represents.

    Another nod to progress, that I don’t recall you having made in your blog, is to Oregon having a bisexual Governor. That she’s in an opposite sex relationship now isn’t as pertinent as noting that she is a member of the LGBTQ family.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt July 11, 2015 at 8:01 am #

      It is absolutely lovely to hear from you Jay! Yes, I do believe there was much to celebrate while also recognizing how complex and messy this is.

      Thank you for acknowledging our Governor Brown being proudly bisexual. Sadly, the bisexual community is often mistreated by the rest of our LGBTQ community. We still have a long way to go in regards to equity and equality. Much love to you, Michael and Robert.

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