Judging is preventing us from understanding a new truth. Free yourself from the rules of old judgments and create the space for new understanding.
—Steve Maraboli (via observando)
The issue we resolve today is a divisive one. Some of our citizens are made deeply uncomfortable by the notion of same-sex marriage. However, that same-sex marriage causes discomfort in some does not make its prohibition constitutional. Nor can past tradition trump the bedrock constitutional guarantees of due process and equal protection. Were that not so, our would still be a racially segregated nation according to the now rightfully discarded doctrine of ‘separate but equal.’
…In the sixty years since Brown [v. Board of Education] was decided, ‘separate’ has thankfully faded into history, and only ‘equal’ remains. Similarly, in future generations the label same-sex marriage will be abandoned, to be replaced simply by marriage.
United States District Court judge JOHN E. JONES III, a Republican appointed to the bench by Rick Santorum, in his ruling striking down Pennsylvania’s ban on marriage equality.