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But some things you know deep in your heart: that all human beings are made in the image of God; that their loves and lives are equally precious; that the pursuit of happiness promised in the Declaration of Independence has no meaning if it does not include the right to marry the person you love; and has no force if it denies that fundamental human freedom to a portion of its citizens.
In the words of Hannah Arendt: “The right to marry whoever one wishes is an elementary human right compared to which ‘the right to attend an integrated school, the right to sit where one pleases on a bus, the right to go into any hotel or recreation area or place of amusement, regardless of one’s skin or color or race’ are minor indeed.
They will seem merely like people who have been allowed to see the possibility of a larger human dignity and who cannot wait to achieve it.
I think of the gay kids in the future who, when they figure out they are different, will never know the deep psychic wound my generation – and every one before mine – lived through: the pain of knowing they could never be a citizen of their own country.
A local straight attorney from the ACLU, Dan Foley, took it up instead, one of many straight men and women who helped make this happen. Much of the gay left was deeply suspicious of this conservative-sounding reform; two thirds of the country were opposed; the religious right saw in the issue a unique opportunity for political leverage – and over time, they put state constitutional amendments against marriage equality on the ballot in countless states, and won every time. The Clintons embraced the Defense of Marriage Act, and their Justice Department declared that DOMA was in no way unconstitutional the morning some of us were testifying against it on Capitol Hill. Bush subsequently went even further and embraced the Federal Marriage Amendment to permanently ensure second-class citizenship for gay people in America. I recall all this now simply to rebut the entire line of being “on the right side of history.” History does not have such straight lines.
And when we won, and got our first fact on the ground, we indeed faced exactly that backlash and all the major gay rights groups refused to spend a dime on protecting the breakthrough … Movements do not move relentlessly forward; progress comes and, just as swiftly, goes.
This momentous achievement is their victory too – for marriage, as Kennedy argued, endures past death.
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It took courage to embrace this The process of integration—like today’s process of “coming out”—introduced the minority to the majority, and humanized them.
Slowly, white people came to look at interracial couples and see love rather than sex, stability rather than breakdown.
You can ride the Ferris wheel on The Wharf, go mini-golfing on Adventure Island, take a glass-blowing class at the arts center, or, you know, lie on the beach.
But anytime you have the opportunity to eat and drink on a boat while watching dolphins, you should always take it. is romantic in its own way, a couples retreat in AK isn't complete without some Northern Lights action. Make sure to book a place with aurora wake-up calls (many of them do this) and then decide whether you want to embark on a lights-themed van tour or dogsled adventure for the day.