Today makes me proud to live in Indiana – yesterday the Indiana Supreme court found it unconstitutional to ban marriage between any two individuals. There have been wedding announcements flooding my FB feed and email. That’s my very good friend the Rev.MaryAnn Macklin marrying away on the courthouse steps: looks like joy to me!
This would be one thing in Bloomington with its long standing leanings, but knowing the political history of Indiana you have to appreciate U.S. District Judge Richard Young’s ruling that the state’s ban violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal-protection clause because it treats couples differently based on their sexual orientation “When gender and sexual orientation are taken away, are in all respects like the family down the street. The Constitution demands that we treat them as such.” Actually “they” ARE the family down the street – no similes or metaphors are needed.
We suspect the governor and many legislators will file objections. We expect ,many will react by feeling a chilling challenge to long held biases. But for right now – for these days when the hard work of and courage of love bring a victory I just want to shout