One step forward in a long journey….

A battle over a federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman appears headed for the Supreme Court after an appeals court ruled Thursday that denying benefits to married gay couples is unconstitutional.

via The Associated Press: Defense of Marriage Act heads to US Supreme Court.

But don’t read too much into this decision. The bottom line is that so far the cases against DOMA that have won favorable rulings have done so only on the issue of denying federal benefits to legally married same sex couples; not the underlying human rights question of same sex marriage, nor states ability to deny and curtail those rights.

Opponents to same sex marriage have clouded the issue by shrouding it within the context of state’s rights. In other words by claiming that the state has the right to determine and define ‘marriage’ in whatever way that they see fit. In effect saying that the people of our state don’t want to allow or recognize a marriage if it doesn’t fit with their particular view.

It wasn’t that long ago that many states used the same argument of states rights to justify the implementation of laws, that in essence legalized racial discrimination, and in particular made it illegal for a mixed race couple to marry. Although the banter about same sex marriage may be slightly different the underlying farce is exactly the same.

So stop for a moment and consider this from a different point of view. How would you react if any state in the US reintroduced legislation making mixed race marriages illegal?