Question #4: Justification for Rights Denied?
(This post is part of a series for July 2013 entitled “Question Month.” Read the intro to the series here.)
My Facebook post earlier today:
“First, two survey questions:
“Heterosexual married people, has your marriage deteriorated in the last week and a half?
“LGBTQ people, has anything changed for you recently?
“And now, on to Question No. 4, a patriotic one in honor of the day:
“Can you think of any reason one group of law-abiding citizens is justified in denying rights to another group of law-abiding citizens? (Ignoring for the moment myriad issues related to the criminal justice system.)”
I have been mulling this over on and off all day. There are only a few that I can think of that make some sense, and they are all based on age: driving, voting, drinking, running for political office… In a country as large as ours, it is hard to trust individual judgement on the above, although I suspect our society would hardly collapse without these age lines in place.
I disagree with denying convicted felons the right to vote after they are supposedly clear of their debt to society. I disagree with rampant racist profiling and the SCOTUS trampling the Voters Rights Act. I disagree with the current brands of taxation and health insurance. I disagree with an unlivable minimum wage and with much of what has been done so far this century in the name of freedom. This list goes on and on and on and on.
And the survey?
No one stepped forward to say their heterosexual marriage had taken a turn for the worse after the recent SCOTUS rulings. Not that I am terribly surprised, since people often read blogs with which they agree.
But one lovely commentator etched a vibrant depiction of how it feels to finally have her marriage recognized:
Yup, the list of battles yet to fight goes on and on, so it’s extra nice to check something off for a change.