Letter: Equality Means Everyone

Dear Editor,

Last week’s Supreme Court decision to review the constitutionality of discriminatory marriage laws in four states prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying was not only historic, but also the right thing to do. Equality means everyone.

Important constitutional principles regarding human rights are heading towards a long-overdue day in the sun.

Presently 14 states still deprive gays and lesbians of their constitutional rights, and that’s plain wrong. Only by striking down discriminatory marriage laws that deny a couple of the fundemental right to marry will America achieve full nationwide marriage equality.

We should know by the end of June whether the Supreme Court truly stands for everyone, as in justice for all. Let us hope and trust that same-sex marriage becomes recognized nationwide. Equality requires nothing less.



Michael Ra Bouchard, Ph.D.

Pahoa , Hawaii

6 replies
  1. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    Traditional Marriage: Between one man and his property.
    Equality in the right to get married, while very symbolic of LGBT liberation, leapfrogs over some interesting (in my mind) unanswered questions.
    “What is marriage?” In ten words or less.
    It, marriage, has had many different historical meanings, in different parts of the globe, most often defined by religous institutions.
    For example there was a time it was only an upper-class contract in Europe and parts of Asia for purposes of wealth protection and accumulation.
    One could ask;
    “Why, in our day, is the government involved with licensing marriage, as a contract, if it is primarily a religous and patriarchal construct?”
    We could relegate marriage to the realm of churches.
    This would undo this inherent inequality; Marriage comes with many privileges the unmarried don’t get,
    straight or gay.
    There is no denying that marriage confers many unearned rights, protections, and benefits, both legal and practical. So in my mind “same sex marriage” has been a slightly weird part of the effort for LGBT rights.
    I have worked in communities for decades to confront
    homophobia, racism, etc., and just for example, would more welcome an effort to secure other rights than marriage, like the right to housing, food, protection for the abused “throw-away” LGBT youth (and all people).
    And, of course, with true equality, the right for Hawaians to not have there nation occupied by US empire.
    Get married if you want, don’t confuse it with liberation.

  2. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    And of course, with true equality, the basic right for Hawaiians to not have their nation occupied by U.S. empire.

  3. Steve.
    Steve. says:

    Be careful what you ask for are you prepared for a disent among the superiors. Kameha meha schools keeps many of their issues out of that spotlight. Settle rather than litigate. They dont want to deal with a negative out come.

  4. Keith Pullman
    Keith Pullman says:

    Like heterosexuals, some LGBT people are polyamorous, and they deserve their rights, too. There is no good reason to deny that we must keep evolving until an adult, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, monogamy or polyamory, race, or religion is free to share love, sex, residence, and marriage (and any of those without the others) with any and all consenting adults. Polyamory, polygamy, open relationships are not for everyone, but they are for some. The limited same-gender freedom to marry is a great and historic step, but is NOT full marriage equality, because equality “just for some” is not equality. Let’s stand up for EVERY ADULT’S right to marry the person(s) they love. Get on the right side of history!

  5. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    One of the strongest rationals for legalizing same-sex marriage has been that gov’t licensed marriage affords it’s participants over 1,000 legal benefits and priveleges not given to the unmarried.
    That same rational would suggest that the gov’t
    get out of the business of dispensing licenses for these unearned unequal benefits.
    Another argument for legalizing same sex marriage is that
    LGBT couples want the ‘social recognition’ for their relationships that heteros receive.
    Relying on the government for emotional validation of any relationship seems infantilizing.
    If one’s “relationship” is close, beautiful!
    Good for you!
    Why does the couple (or participants) need outside legalization and gov’t recognition? If someone feels inadequate, why should the gov’t be obliged to compensate?
    Maybe a therapist would provide the help they need.
    Family pressure to get married?
    Bring them for counseling too.
    Straight or LGBT.

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