The Supreme Court is hearing arguments addressing marriage equality. They hear arguments about Proposal 8 in California, the ban on gay marriage, and they will hear arguments about the Defense of Marriage Act. The Defense of Marriage Act denies rights to gay couples that straight couples have privilege to. The arguments about marriage equality are not new. They have existed for a long time. Below is a video from Golden Girls where Blanche and Sophia address marriage equality.
Sophia states simply that when people are in love they should be able to express their love with legal commitment, marriage. This video was 22 years ago. Golden Girls was ahead of their time in terms of social issues, women’s rights, and LGBT tolerance. In some ways Golden Girls is ahead of today’s time. Arizona’s House panel recently approved of a bill that shields businesses from civil and criminal liability if they ban people from restrooms that do not match their birth assigned sex. Why exactly do we continue to argue about LGBT rights today when it is so obvious that these are forms of oppression?
The Supreme Court listening to arguments on marriage equality is a huge. It is a big moment in the fight for marriage equality. I believe that denying people the right to marry the ones they love because of sexuality is unacceptable. It is time for change.
“Everyone wants someone to grow old with. And shouldn’t everyone have that chance.” Yes, Sophia. They should.