Rev. Irene Monroe | San Diego Gay & Lesbian News | February 12, 2016
Valentine’s Day is for lovers — including LGBTQ Americans. Until last June’s historic Supreme Court ruling — Obergefell v. Hodge — that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states, “the love that dare not speak its name,” which publicly outed Oscar Wilde at his “gross indecency trial” (Regina v. Wilde) in 1895, is finally and forever out of the closet.
We were told by religious conservatives if the US legalized such an ungodly act as same-sex marriage not only would it bring about the death the institution of marriage but it would also bring about the demise of civilization.
Many also said the righteous hand of God would be in that defining moment to stop same-sex marriage with ugly protests, with town clerks-like Kim Davis—the now infamous Kentucky County clerk who not only refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couple but she also forbade her co-workers to do so, too — engaging in civil disobedience by refusing to issue licenses, and with just those last minute unavoidable and inexplicable legal snafus.