Your move, Australia.
During a nightmarish evening of terrorism, with a decapitation in France, a suicide bombing in Kuwait, and a massacre in Tunisia, the storm of hate and brutality was interrupted in a brief reprieve by the appearance of a rainbow.
The Supreme Court of the United States of America ruled, by a majority of 5 – 4 that gay marriage should be legal throughout the country’s 50 states. It doesn’t provide much respite from the maelstrom consuming much of the Middle East, nor explain exactly how and how far that ever widening conflict’s tendrils reach.
But, for American cake decorators, it was a great night.
Because make no mistake, last night was an iconic moment in the civil rights movement. Among the most iconic for gay rights. Up until this point gay marriage was legal in 37 of the 50 States.
In ruling that the discrimination against gay people is unconstitutional, the USA has joined 18 other nations, including New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.
Australia’s ongoing failure to address the issue will seem increasingly absurd – unless gay marriage causes those countries to be hit by a sudden increase in multi-coloured and stylish natural disasters…(And, yes, natural disasters are something that prominent American politicians continue to connect to ‘the gays’. Here’s Presidential candidate and Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal doing just that).The case decided last night by the US Supreme Court was called Obergefell v Hodges, and the core issue was an Ohio man’s efforts to get his name listed on his late husbands death certificate. This incidentally, is something that gay couples here in Australia still struggle with: Eminent Australian Professor Dennis Altman has said that when his late-partner passed away he wasn’t acknowledged on the death certificate. I’d challenge you to look him, or any other recently bereaved homosexual in the eyes and declare that this is a purely symbolic issue. It’s a deeply personal right, something that when denied, haunts people for the rest of their lives.