Rev. Susan Russell: Supreme Court Steps Up On Marriage Equality Cases

Today’s announcement by the Supreme Court that they will consider not one but two marriage equality cases is a great day for justice and a significant step for the movement toward equality.

As a Californian I am thrilled that the solid case presented by Ted Olson and David Boies against Prop 8 will be heard by the highest court in the land. I am confident that the irrefutable argument that singling out a class of Americans violates the basic principles of who we are as nation will be upheld by the Supreme Court and that we are on the cusp of consigning marriage discrimination to the dustbin of history.

As an Episcopalian I am thrilled that my church overwhelmingly adopted a resolution calling for the repeal of DOMA in July at our General Convention and stands solidly in support of civil marriage equality for all Americans. That resolution, entitled “End Discrimination Against Same-Sex Marriages,” read in part, “Resolved, that the 77th General Convention urge members of the U.S. Congress to repeal federal laws that have a discriminatory effect on same-gender civilly married couples, and to pass legislation to allow the U.S. federal government to provide benefits to those couples.”

At my church, All Saints Church in Pasadena, we will be praying for justice to roll down like waters and look forward to the day when we can once again offer both equal blessing and equal protection to all couples coming to us as they commit themselves to God and to one another. But for today, we rejoice in this opportunity for our Justices to affirm our Constitution’s promises of liberty, equality and human dignity as we watch the arc of the moral universe continue to bend toward justice.

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