Today's SCOTUS Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

American HumanistThe Supreme Court of the United States made a pretty big decision on marriage equality today, in a 5-4 vote supporting same-sex marriage. Naturally, I have a few attendant thoughts on this, which I've posted on my private Facebook page, but which I will copy here nevertheless just in case my thoughts weren't already more eloquently and better served in the above image from American Humanist Association quoting the majority opinion from today's ruling. So, here's my take on things.

  • "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." -Declaration of Independence. July 4, 1776.

    Nice to see that 239 years later, we are getting closer and closer, one step at a time, to making these words all the more honest and applicable to all.

  • Bonus points on yesterday and today's SCOTUS rulings: the 2016 GOP candidates continue to dig themselves further and deeper into the realm of irrelevancy, spouting nonsense that puts them farther afield of the fringe contingent, the conspiracy-minded goofs who call themselves Truthers with nary a trace of irony, and the insane asylum inmates that periodically gather for their silly Tea Parties.

    The more they bitch, moan, whine, and complain, the more clearer that progress is, in fact, being made, and maybe, just maybe, one day we'll actually achieve the ideal of American Exceptionalism that they so often wistfully refer to with misty eyes averted toward a halycon, bygone day, even while they try to work harder and harder, and in ever smaller numbers, to destroy, tamper, and bury it outright.

Michael Hicks

Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of the science fiction novels Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist, and Emergence. His work has appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the websites Graphic Novel Reporter and Audiobook Reviewer. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.


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