Tomorrow (Tuesday, April 28), the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in four cases challenging anti-marriage-equality laws in Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan and Kentucky. The court’s ultimate decision in these four cases — not expected until sometime in June — could create marriage equality nationwide.
The anti-equality folks are still fighting tooth and nail. Homophobic lawmakers in several state legislatures, including Texas’, are trying to enact laws that would punish government officials who issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples even if the Supreme Court rules in favor of equality. I.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, last week introduced two bills in Congress, one of which would amend the U.S. Constitution to allow individual states to keep on discriminating against same-sex couples and the other of which tells the courts they can’t rule on marriage equality until the amendment is passed.
And of course, Sunday (April 26), “thousands” of anti-equality marchers descended on Washington, D.C., in the so-called “March for Marriage,” which was actually a march against marriage equality.
Here’s what all the anti-equality folks don’t get: We are not asking for anyone’s permission to be married, to form our own families, to make the kinds of commitments to each other that families make. We are already family. Your ridiculousness and hatred can’t stop that. What we are expecting of the Supreme Court — not expecting, demanding — is the same protections, the same rights and responsibilities that other families have.
The haters don’t get that. But Wells Fargo obviously does. This new ad for the bank shows that they get it.