Many of my readers have expressed a desire to more clearly understand the change I wish to make through postings on this blog. The About page provides a brief description of what my intentions are, but this post is designed to help both the readers and my change agent “get it straight”.
Meet Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye of the Califonia Supreme Court. She is the first Filipino Cheif Justice of California as well as the second woman in nearly 150 years to hold the position. Her post marks the first time that the California Supreme Court has had a female majority.
Cantil-Sakauye recalls “the opportunities she has been afforded” in the video above, opportunities that helped her achieve a level of respect and equality in California as a minority, opportunities that her fellow Californians in the LGBT community are not currently presented. She mentions that the public can count on her to “look and learn from the past, and to address the immeadiate needs and priorites of the present and to plan and prepare for the future,” durning her 12 year term as Chief Justice.
Equality for all is an immediate need in California. I am a part of the public Cantil-Sakauye promises to serve and I take her claim of looking and learning from the past seriously. We are a young government still learning how to determine what is and is not constitutional. It is obvious that the document drafted for our country over 200 years ago did not detail every situation that a modern public might face. Our founding fathers left room for interpretation so that future leaders would uphold a legacy of opportunity, equality and freedom of choice in America.
The issue of homosexual marriage and it’s legality was not a priority in the governmental foundations of America. Today though, it is a priority and a responsibility of the leaders who decide what is and is not constitutional to look at through learned eyes. Our nation imposed the same discrimination faced by the LGBT community on females less than 100 years ago by not allowing them to vote for no other reason than their anatomy. More recently, just over 50 years ago, African Americans were still segregated from the white public for no other reason than the color of their skin. These injustices seem foolish today, but the irony is we are still allowing foolish injustices like these to happen.
Take all of the religious and political agendas out of the issue and look at it logically. A person who makes choice A is allowed the right to marry, whereas a person who makes choice B is not allowed to marry. The person who makes choice A holds hands with a man, kisses a man, has sex with a man, but most importantly loves and wants the right to have a life long commitment to that man. The person who makes choice B holds hands with a man, kisses a man, has sex with a man, but most importantly loves and wants the right to have a life long commitment to that man. The person who makes choice A is a woman, and the person who makes choice B is a man. As far as I can tell, the only thing that differentiates person A and person B is which way they use the bathroom.
Discriminating against person B seems eerily similar to the discrimination against women in the early 1900s and African Americans in the 1950s and 60s. By looking and learning from the past, as Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has promised to do, change can be made for a more positive future.