Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Short Post on the Gay Marriage Ruling

My brother wrote a good blog post about the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling and it's implications (surprisingly, Ryan can actually write pretty well about things besides comic books and film noir when he sets his mind to it).  You can read his post here. 


In the comments section of his blog I dropped a comment, and I wanted to reiterate it here, for posterity's sake if nothing else:


"Good post! I remember serving on the student Senate back at Trinity from about '93 to '95, and the administration didn't want to allow LGBT organizations to use any campus facilities to hold meetings or hold film screenings, etc. They knew that there were gay students on campus, but it felt like the school didn't want to acknowledge them. I believe that the primary reason was that they were afraid that it might hurt fundraising efforts with the alumni if the school became too openly accepting of gays. The people in the student association just wanted to help out some of our friends. We thought of our school as fairly progressive, and we were kind of floored by the fact that the student would discriminate against any of its students this way. We also worked on trying to add sexual orientation to the school's nondiscrimination policy, but the school fought us pretty hard on that, too. We made some progress by the time we graduated, but ultimately we had to hand our efforts off to the next generation of incoming students (the administration just kept trying to put the issue off, apparently thinking the issue would blow over). A lot of change has happened in a relatively short period of time. Trinity now proudly touts its support for LGBT students on its website, and gay marriage, which seemed utterly impossible when I was in college, has come to pass. At any rate, congrats to everyone who supports equality. In a better world, equality wouldn't be controversial."


Anyway, I have LGBT coworkers, neighbors, and good friends.  I'm really happy for them.  I'm happy for the whole country.  I know that there are people who see marriage equality as a cause for agitators and troublemakers, but the truth is, I really think that anyone who doesn't want equality for another person is the one causing the agitation.  Everyone has to be equal.  It's nice to see our country taking another step toward realizing that goal.

3 comments:

Ryan Steans said...

And according to the Declaration of Independence "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." Let's pursue a little Happiness and Liberty for everyone.

Anonymous said...


As I said to Ryan, I am proud of you - for this - and for many, many other reasons. You're a good man, Jason Steans.

Love,

Dad

J.S. said...

Thanks, Dad! Ryan, are you calling our Founding a Fathers hippies?!?!