An enlightened principle that serves to guide our national dialogue -- at least over the long haul -- is that every person has an inalienable right to the pursuit of his / her happiness. An important question to ask of the foes of marriage equality is simply this: Does your happiness truly require that others not be allowed to pursue their happiness?
Of course, we can all depend upon FOX News to bash President Obama, "Obama Flip Flops, Declares War on Marriage." (Will anyone ask why they have not said the same thing about former Vice President Dick Cheney -- who has endorsed marraige equality?) And of course, we have long known that FOX News has no association with either journalism or integrity...
"Regardless of how old you are, it's the first time you have ever seen a president of the United States look into a camera and say that a gay person should be treated equally under the law. The message that that sends, to a young gay or transgendered person struggling to come out, is life changing." -- Chad Griffin, incoming President of the Human Rights Campaign
"Obama understands, from the inside-out, systems of oppression and what they do to people." -- Rev. Jane Spahr
It is important to remember that African Americans were only considered to be "partially" human when this country was founded. It is important to remember that even before that, there was a raging theological debate going on in the Catholic Church as to whether or not the natives in the Americas had souls -- whether or not they were human beings. It is important to remember that it was only one hundred years ago that women achieved the right to vote in this country. These remembrances are extremely important, for they conclusively prove that change is inevitable! And it is legitimate to believe that we are changing for the better! The "forces" of small-mindedness, and fearful hearts, may have the financial resources to win elections -- but they cannot stop the march of history!
Every single citizen of this nation has the absolute right to, in every way, be equal before the law! This water-shed belief is fundamental to leading the rest of the world into the discovery of their own "remembrances" -- and into the vision of justice for all. If you dream of peace upon this precious blue Planet, it is incumbent upon you to work vigorously for justice -- with no one outside the reach of that Shining Lady!
(Does one really need to go into a biblical analysis of marriage as between "one man and one woman"? The bible is replete with examples of men with crowds of wives -- and everyone blessed by "God"... there are quite a lot of other horrific details in the bible that men in power have justified at one time or another that are really best forgotten as unworthy of both the Holy One and genuine faith...).
Robert Daniel Smith was privileged to serve the homeless and marginalized for 30 years in Salinas, California. Together with his wife, Michelle, they founded an intentional community called the 'Companions of the Way', also in Salinas. Robert and Michelle are community organizers, Catholic Worker renegades, sacred activists, writers, poets, artists, Divine Mother devotees, and practitioners of Kriya Yoga as taught by Rev. Ellen Grace O'Brian of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. Michelle is also a Montessori public school teacher. Robert is also an ordained Interfaith Minister.