On Saturday morning, I was literally three feet away from him. A young dad, like a million other dads, playing with cutely rambunctious kids who seemed excited to be in a new state for the weekend. To the young’uns, this Philadelphia journey was surely just a family vacation, one of many they’ve been able to experience in the past few years, thanks to dad’s work travels. And dad was also surely thankful for this time to unwind with wife and children — a pause to cherish the truly important things in life.
But Matt Barber’s attire of a dress shirt, dress pants, and sensible suspenders indicated that his respite here in the hotel lobby was but a temporary one. While the rest of his family exited the revolving doors, off to see some of Philly’s sites or perhaps hit up a local restaurant that a back-home friend told them was a “can’t miss” destination, the patriarch had to stay back and conduct his usual business. Business that seeks to tell other kinds of families that it’s their loving bonds themselves that they should put on pause. Business that ignores credible science in order to foster myths about the one, true kind of sexual orientation or gender identity that makes up the world’s “norm.” Business that is all up in everyone else’s business, with a goal of stopping the progress that a vulnerable population has been able to make here in America.
Business that seeks to fire any judge who puts the the public’s shared constitution above certain, cherry-picked portions of certain people’s personal faith reads: