Do we live in a democracy or a theocracy? The 5-4 ruling in favor of the national right to same-sex marriage affirms a democracy where we all have the right to marry and to express our emotional and sexual desires.
This landmark ruling is being questioned and challenged by those wanting a theocracy rather than a democracy. Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana may try to resist the ruling. This is pure folly.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott and presidential hopefuls Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee make fools of themselves when they contend that we need not adhere to the ruling. Apparently, their view of God erases any laws they disagree with!
We live in a country of laws where people are free to choose a religion, to marry or not, and to be sexual with or without marriage. Religious conservatives do not believe we deserve to make our own sexual choices. They are wrong.
There will be many gay and lesbian marriages, and the fight for gay rights will go on with employment and housing discrimination and appropriate social support. The war against sex and love is not over, but this ruling is a significant victory.
I see gay and lesbian couples and individuals in my practice. They grapple with the same issues that heterosexual couples face. Finding an appropriate partner and nourishing an intimate relationship is a challenge regardless of one’s sexual orientation.
My practice is committed to helping all people find balance and happiness in their intimate lives. This ruling is a huge step toward such a balance. We must now develop better sex and relationship education and more laws which support rather than limit erotic love. – Dr. Roger Libby