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Phil C.
Technogeek working and living in Austin, TX.
Technogeek working and living in Austin, TX.

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There have been times in the past when something horrible and world-shaking happened (such as 9/11) where I could dimly sense monsters lurking in the shadows, terrible shapes moving and shifting behind the scenes. Today I am getting entirely the opposite feeling: the feeling that today's events are equally important and equally world-shaking, but this time I get the feeling of gears shifting, cogs aligning, things sliding into place as our worldview realigns and moves in a direction that we should have been moving all along.
LGBTQ folks still face a ton of challenges and issues in today's world, but -- today at least -- the US took a big step towards recognizing them as no different from the rest of us. Which should have always been the case, of course....but change comes slowly for those stuck in Stone-Age thinking.

A few of my friends have noted that the final paragraph of SCOTUS's decision on the gay marriage issue is exquisitely written and has the flavor of paragraphs from the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and other massively important historical documents. I am including it here because I agree with that opinion. This is important stuff, people.

"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do
respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.

It is so ordered."

Today, we celebrate, because basic human rights and human decency have won out. Times are changing and the screaming red-faced homophobes and bigots are losing their fight. Let them yell from their soapbox at the clouds if they want. No one is listening.

Good job to everybody from both sides for a memorable Anomaly!

Special congratulations also to the Enlightened team, who pulled off some really nice coordination to knock out our blocking links and fields and envelop Austin in massive multilayered green fields on Friday morning. Really impressive work, y'all, even if I did feel kind of like I was drowning in lime Jell-o. ;)
-- dslartoo
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