Friday, June 10, 2011

Anniversary of Loving v. Virginia Approaches: Joan Walsh on Marriage Equality

Joan Walsh represents the good face of American Catholicism, the face of the large majority of American Catholics who support the civil rights of LGBT people, including the right to marriage.  The lay face, as opposed to the hierarchical face.

Today, Walsh issues a reminder that the 44th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the landmark case that struck down legal barriers to interracial marriage across the U.S., is coming up this weekend.  She does so by linking to a video of the odd couple of "two nerdy lawyers," Ted Olson and David Boies, who are fighting right now against the unconstitutional attempt to bar gay citizens from the right to marry.

Worth watching for its reminder that the struggle for democracy is an ongoing struggle in the U.S., and that all movements on behalf of human rights and justice for the disempowered connect to each other, no matter what some people of faith, including the leaders of the Catholic church, want us to think about the LGBT struggle for justice and rights.

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