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It’s over. It’s complete. We won.

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I am okay with the US for the first time in about 60 years. I did Gay-Lib in the early 1960s and anti-war in the late 60s. In the 70s, I tried to strike a balance between gay rights in the workplace and being a journalist at ABC and several Texas radio stations. And so forth.

The White House; Washington DC. Lit on June 26, 2015, to honor marriage equality ruling from SCOTUS.

The White House; Washington DC. Lit on June 26, 2015, to honor marriage equality ruling from SCOTUS.

Then came the most amazing two days in my lifetime. The Supreme Court of the United States handed down two opinions that changed everything. For a second time, the court said that ACA (Obamacare) is the law of the land. America has health insurance… not perfect and certainly not the “Medicare for all” that every socialist bone in my body asserts is best… but it’s healthcare. Most Americans can afford to have health insurance. That’s completely amazing to me. Some (mainly Republicans) have done everything they could think of to kill Obamacare, and they have completely failed. The Supreme Court says ACA lives. It is the law of the United States. There’s nothing ambiguous or vague in the 6-to-3 ruling.

If Republicans sweep both houses of congress and win the White House next year, ACA may have problems. It might already be too late because gobs of people now rely on ACA (rightly so).

The other thing out of the court: marriage equality. Years ago, a boss asked me why I was always a pain in the ass on LGBT employment issues. That ruling last week: that’s why. Imagine a 15 or 16 year old gay kid who’s already trying to figure out hormone spikes will no longer have anti-marriage hate laws. America has a baseline standard of behavior, as laid out by the Supreme Court. If there aren’t any nurturing adults handy, the kid can always go to the source: Justice Anthony Kennedy.

The court says…

Justice Anthony Kennedy, author of the majority opinion in

Justice Anthony Kennedy, author of the majority opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, the marriage equality case.

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.

The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.

It is so ordered.

Obergefell v. Hodges
Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority

I don’t recall any prose from the court that has so much oomph. Justice Kennedy is a wonderful wordsmith. What’s more, he laid out precedent clearly and decisively. It will be a bit difficult to misunderstand the ruling!

So now, it’s over. This phase is complete. The court stole most (but not all) of my raisons de l’angoisse. I’m in my mid-60s… too late to come up with a whole new map of reality for rebranded seditionsedition
➤ (n) an illegal action inciting resistance to lawful authority and tending to cause the disruption or overthrow of the government
and lobbying.

I will always watch for people who will try to weaken the LGBT alignment with American society. That part never ends. I will fight so we have no Weimar Republic.

But as a whole (for me, at least), it’s over. We won.