Gay Marriage: Better Late than Never?

The idea that gay marriage will be legalized in Minnesota in my lifetime is very exciting to me. While I am not myself gay, I consider myself a staunch Friend of the Gays and I think gay inequity is one of the biggest civil rights problems of our day.

So, my reaction was prickly when I read this headline from MNIndy:

Minnesota’s LGBT groups come out against possible marriage lawsuit

“Grumble grumble,” I thought to myself. “Why the hell not? We, as Citizens of Democracy, need to get to 100% Human Equity as soon as possible.”

Well, yes. I kept reading, and there statement the groups put out sets the path as smartly and safely as possible:

The Minnesota Supreme Court already ruled against marriage equality in 1971. Courts follow precedents, and this increases the chance of an unfavorable ruling in a new case here. The consequences of another unfavorable ruling could be severe: negative rulings elsewhere have already set our movement back by further solidifying a fundamental legal inequality for gay and lesbian couples. While two states’ highest courts have narrowly ruled in favor of marriage equality, at least five states’ highest courts have, in effect, agreed with Minnesota, making a favorable decision that much less likely.

What do you think? Is it still worth the risk?

5 Comments so far

  1. Erica M (ericam) on August 13th, 2008 @ 3:19 pm

    I see both points.

    I give credence to that statement above in large part because I know someone who’s a gay lawyer and works with Project 515. So I believe them when they recommend a legal strategy.

    But hot damn, I am tired of waiting for movement on this issue.

    For good measure, I’ll throw in some ambivalence over whether gay marriage is the be all and end all of civil rights equality. You do get a lot of bang for your buck with the security that a legal marriage brings, but there’s still more to equality than that.

  2. yoshi on August 13th, 2008 @ 3:20 pm

    In the state of minnesota – this battle will be won in the legislature. But we’ve only gotten started down that path. We’ve won some and lost some. But most of the battles have been minor. As someone who happens to be gay – I feel that the couples that are acting incredibly selfish by pursuing such a short sighted strategy.

    "Friend of the Gays"

    *rolls eyes* – no offense but god I hate that phrase.

  3. Art (artallen) on August 13th, 2008 @ 3:22 pm

    Yoshi: in my defense, I began to use that phrase sarcastically, but then it sort of crept its way into regular usage. Kind of like "hella" and a lot of internet slang.

    Won’t stop using it, though ;)

  4. yoshi on August 13th, 2008 @ 3:24 pm

    @Erica M

    That’s the problem isn’t? Everyone wants everything now. How long did it take for women to get the vote? for equal civil rights for african americans? Democracy’s such as the US have never moved quickly. So we should employ the most prudent strategy to get us to the goal.

    I agree with your second statement but again – that only happens with time. So – grab a drink and chill.

  5. kevinfromminneapolis on August 13th, 2008 @ 6:29 pm

    These groups just don’t want to see the litigation continue because they aren’t involved with it. They want to control the issue so they can expand the power and influence of their organizations. They’ll oppose any effort that would put that in danger.

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