It’s been a bit since I last felt I needed to make sense of the craziness around me.
Indiana, oh Indiana…. What to make of you?
You let the religious nuts off the leash and look what you got – a crazy law that now needs tweaking to keep people (read: dollars) from pulling out of your state.
It was a well calculated, but stupid, move that put you in the nation’s crosshairs. Amazingly, drawing attention away from the “twelve states (Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas), as well as two territories (Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands), prohibit the licensing of same-sex marriages and their recognition from other jurisdictions. Michigan recognizes 323 same-sex marriages performed on March 22, 2014 in the state, the only day the ban was legally unenforceable.”
It’s almost admirable that so many have stood up to Indiana, making clear their disdain for legalized discrimination. The NFL, NCAA, individual states, businesses, rock bands, etc., have all made it clear that while the law stands they will reevaluate their business dealings with Indiana – all the while, continuing to happily do business with the 12 states that continue to practice discrimination at its highest form – not allowing people to marry the ones they love based on sexual identity.
And Maryland, my Maryland – you stoop to woo those disenchanted with the Hoosier state, offended by a Freedom of Religion law – yet you built in the same verbiage in to the very act legalizing marriage equality in Maryland.
Gentle reminder – the words that Maryland voters were presented on Question 6 in 2012:
Establishes that Maryland’s civil marriage laws allow gay and lesbian couples to obtain a civil marriage license, provided they are not otherwise prohibited from marrying; protects clergy from having to perform any particular marriage ceremony in violation of their religious beliefs; affirms that each religious faith has exclusive control over its own theological doctrine regarding who may marry within that faith; and provides that religious organizations and certain related entities are not required to provide goods, services, or benefits to an individual related to the celebration or promotion of marriage in violation of their religious beliefs.
“Related entities” includes things like photographers, bakeries, florists, etc. – you know, those marriage-related businesses that cannot be forced to engage in commerce with gay folk…
I know, it was expedient and necessary in order to pass the referendum in to law. Sacrifices needed to be made – but come on. Please explain to me how this is any different from Indiana’s law? Seriously, I need someone to explain it to me!
It’s 2015, at least last time I checked my watch – isn’t it time to come to grips with the reality that marriage equality’s time has come for the entire country. Wasting useless energy and time to fight a battle that’s essentially over is counterproductive to solving the bigger issues that confront us as a nation.
If we really want to invest in fighting discriminatory practices – shouldn’t we be putting the focus on the states that continue to hold freedom at bay? Yep – looking at you Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas. Time for every corporation, state, politician, and person that looked down their noses at Indiana (where marriage equality is legal by the way) to turn their attentions on these discriminatory loving states.