Social injustice continues to surround same sex marriage

Jesse Farquhar-Gerth, Staff Writer

As Peter Cook once said in The Princess Bride, “Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday.”

This quote reigns true for American citizens who are standing together rejoicing the 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 26 that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states.

The majority of the nation has spent the past few months celebrating a new sense of unity between the LBGT community in America and its government. The rainbow flag of pride has bathed everything from Doritos to Facebook profile images since the ruling.

Although there is an abounding amount of support for same sex marriage today, it is not a concept validated by all Americans. A poll taken in July indicated that 54 percent of Americans favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, with 39 percent opposed. The 39 percent today resent it for they feel this ruling is an affront to their religious beliefs. This group includes mainly older generations and conservatives — those of whom happen to be more religious, predominantly Catholic or Protestant — and tend to feel strongly that their values have been disrespected. Although it is common for these American’s prejudices to be seen as respected morals, in reality, it’s simply intolerance.

There is no true social justification for the 39 percents outlook on gay marriage. It is bigotry, plain and simple. It’s hatred perpetuating violence upon the LBGT community. What’s truly terrifying about this prejudice is that there are people who are in high positions of power in our government that have been making marriage for same sex couples extremely difficult, and if they can, impossible, to achieve.

This includes Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and a county clerk from Kentucky, Kim Davis. These officials are doing whatever they can to stop gay marriage licenses from being issued. When our political figures can deny the rule of law determined by the Supreme Court, how can we feel truly feel represented by our government?

Evidenced by the continued discrimination by Paxton

and Davis, we must remain vigilant against those who still continue to deny the right to marry to same sex couples. We are a country full of differences: different cultures, ideas, and beliefs. We should celebrate our differences rather than insulting and denouncing them.