Published: May 20, 2008
Charlotte Robinson believes America will come to accept gay marriage. “I believe it will happen, but it's an evolutionary process,” she told On Top Magazine in a phone interview from her home state of Massachusetts.
Robinson knows what she's talking about. The Emmy-award winning producer/director has been documenting the fight for marriage equality for the past five years as it has unfolded in Massachusetts. The State started offering gay marriage in 2004 after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled the practice of denying same-sex couples the right to marry unconstitutional. The case was Goodridge V. Department of Public Health and the consequences of that decision have rippled through American society since.
Last week, California joined Massachusetts in offering marriage equality. After the announcement, cheers were heard outside San Francisco's City Hall, where Mayor Gavin Newson suddenly began offering marriage licenses to gay couples in 2004. Those marriages were eventually invalidated, but the city joined gay couples in a battle that led to the Supreme Court. The California Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision, also found denying gay couples the right to marry unconstitutional.
Mayor Gavin Newson, clearly elated by his vindication, said, “At the end of the day, this is about real people and their lives. This is about their families. It doesn't get much more personal than this. ...This is an extraordinary day. This is an extraordinary moment.”
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This effort comes at a critical time for America and even the world in general as we struggle to understand what truths and untruths are being dispensed. My position has always been the same on this; don't believe anything you have not verified the facts on for yourself. Once you discover a lie you know you have to consider all things said by that same source with strict scrutiny.
In the end we are all neighbors, all citizens of the same country. It is our responsibility to find a way to live in peace together and not allow people to profit off our fears.