I just read an article that really riled me. State Representative Sims (D), the first openly gay legislator for Pennsylvania, was not allowed to comment after the Supreme Court made their ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The person who silenced him, and the other legislators who rose to defend his ability to speak, was State Representative. Daryl Metcalfe (R) citing that Sims was speaking against God's law. Honestly?Rachel Maddow, the author of the article correctly states that there is a separation of Church and State, and regardless of that, anyone should be able to speak on the floor. But, apparently there is no freedom of speech in the state house. I find hard to believe as well.
I greatly applaud the Supreme Court's decision on DOMA. I strongly believe that this is a civil rights issue more than anything else. Civil unions are not the same thing as marriage and therefore are lacking in the ability for each couple to inherit, attend to medical issue, or cover each other's property. This is the major crux of the situation
If you want to bring God into this discussion consider this point; we are all God's children are we not? So why don't we reward the children of God to have the same rights? This goes for everyone, which we have all heard are equal in our Constitution. This business about some being more equal than others flies in the face of what I have been taught as a Quaker. I just hope that we get over ourselves and begin to realize that we should all be given the same rights as an American citizen and move on to other issues.