The build-up to next week’s Prop 8 and DOMA cases being heard at the Supreme Court really is unlike anything I’ve seen in the world of Queerdom — among other things, significant mainstream coverage, daily releases from multiple organizations and projects, and the “evolution” of Electeds, on Left and Right, are indications that something important is happening.
I don’t think it’s what the “Religious Right” had in mind a couple of decades or so ago, when they decided to make “traditional marriage” THE “homosexual issue.” Initially, and for some time thereafter, they were quite successful with that plan, including quickly enlisting the Republican Party in their efforts to “protect” marriage. The successes were so pronounced — DOMA, and at state levels, min-DOMAs and constitutional amendments, among other indications — that it didn’t take long for the Democratic Party, in general, to follow to the Right.
LGBT activists and allies dug in for the “traditional marriage” piece of the larger, ongoing efforts toward equality. That includes everything from organizational efforts to those of bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgender individuals, couples, families, and all the family, friends, co-workers, etc. who support them. These successes have become more and more obvious over time. In the last few years, those decades of effort are showing up in multiple ways. Next week, when SCOTUS hears the Prop 8 and Defense of Marriage Act arguments, will be something that probably can be accurately called “historic.” We don’t know, of course, how the Justices will rule. The guess is we’ll find out in June.
But I’m sure of this: the widespread and growing support for LGBT equality, including marriage, and the education that’s being done as a key component of the equality efforts, have made permanent differences in how we LGBTs are seen. I’m under no illusions that, even if SCOTUS rules in favor of marriage equality, that we of Queerdom will suddenly have full equality. I’m also quite certain that once the Justices make their decision, it’s likely that the media will be much less interested in LGBT coverage. But the gains made are real, and all future efforts will build on that.
While I’ve consistently followed and written about all of this, I’ll be giving special attention to the remainder of the “build-up” to next week’s Prop 8 and DOMA arguments. And of course, I’ll write about whatever happens as the Justices hear from both sides.
For now, two quick things.
First, the video below, the “Journey,” is produced by the Respect for Marriage Coalition.
Second, one example of the kind of statements coming almost daily. This one is a Policy Statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (emphasis added)
Promoting the Well-Being of Children Whose Parents Are Gay or Lesbian
COMMITTEE ON PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF CHILD AND FAMILY HEALTH
… Scientific evidence affirms that children have similar developmental and emotional needs and receive similar parenting whether they are raised by parents of the same or different genders. If a child has 2 living and capable parents who choose to create a permanent bond by way of civil marriage, it is in the best interests of their child(ren) that legal and social institutions allow and support them to do so, irrespective of their sexual orientation. If 2 parents are not available to the child, adoption or foster parenting remain acceptable options to provide a loving home for a child and should be available without regard to the sexual orientation of the parent(s).