Letter to the Editor: Equality for all has been an uphill struggle


This is in reference to the article “Couple sees DOMA as victory” on June 27.

First, let me thank Kim Walter for a well-written, thoughtful and respectful article. I am the former Frederick County Democratic Party chair and three-term vice chair. Personally, I am delighted with the court’s actions on this issue. I only wish the vote was a wider margin then 5-4 and wish that the California Proposition 8 decision would have been a sweeping action like Loving vs. Virginia in which the court stuck down all interracial marriage laws in 1967.

Total equality for all taxpayers always has been an uphill battle, especially here in the South where our political leaders derive their authority from the all-mighty rather then through humility and compassion for those they govern.

Our friends on the right speak frequently of taxpayers’ rights, yet they advocate laws that withhold rights from those very taxpayers. This is purely state-sponsored bigotry.

Our friends on the right cheered on the court after the Citizens United decision granting constitutional rights to corporations on the basis that they pay taxes, yet are more then ready to strip the rights of gay taxpayers. I think that’s a bit hypocritical, don’t you?

Since the inception of our great democracy, equality for all of its people has been an epic struggle. Starting with our right to worship the god we choose, then the right of self-governance, slavery, the right to vote for free black men, the rights for women to vote, equal rights, women’s rights, etc. These struggles have been long and at times deadly.

However, the arc of history always bends toward broader freedoms for all of our citizens.
To my gay brothers and sisters, in the words of the “liberal lion” Ted Kennedy, “the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”

Continue to fight the good fight.

Bill Dodson, Stephens City