It Ain’t over Till the Fat Lady Sings
No, I’m not being disparaging to any of our female Supreme Court justices; what I mean is that while the Court has finally made gay marriage the law of the land, the bullshit ain’t over. Not by a long shot.
The Court’s decision in 1954 that segregation of public schools was unconstitutional was met with a backlash of resistance and violence. Members of Congress refused to abide by the ruling, and in 1956 over a hundred congressmen signed the Southern Manifesto, promising to use all legal means to reverse the Court’s ruling.
Case in point: Florida’s schools were not desegregated until the late 1960’s.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was followed by years of violence and resistance, again especially in the South where Jim Crow laws against blacks had ruled supreme since the Civil War. And some would argue with the recent rash of questionable police shootings, we’re right back where we started fifty years ago.
In 1967, the Supreme Court ruled against laws barring marriage between the races which many gay rights advocates view as a stepping stone to what happened this week. Yet, anti-miscegenation laws remained on the books in several states, and it took until 2000 for Alabama to become the last state to cave in, and then only after 60% of voters endorsed removal of anti-miscegenation language from the state constitution.
Just prior to this week’s ruling, thirteen states had still fought SSM, seven in the South. Others include Missouri, Michigan. Nebraska, Ohio, and the Dakotas.
So, will we face similar resistance in states that just don’t get it? And perhaps an actual renewal of violence against gays who some God fearing folks believe are bringing the country to the brink of utter moral decay? Will some gay parade become a homophobic’s death trap?
It ain’t over till it’s over.