The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS,) announced today two writs of certiorari taking jurisdiction of a case from New York and another from California. The cases challenge two acts: one by referendum in California taking away marriage equality and limiting marriage rights already granted; and the other legislation by Congress denying Federal standing to same sex marriages by the States or other nations.
Today is the seventh of December. It is remembered across America: the anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Mr. Roosevelt said to the Congress of his time, "Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy ..." We can hope now, that the 7th of December will be redeemed, as it becomes on December 7, 2012, a day when justice began to emerge dispelling homophobic evil.
Even if as progressives now hope, the onerous, "Proposition 8," and so-called, "Defense of Marriage Act" are finally dismissed into the shadows from which they came, we know there will be battles to fight. Fifty years after Brown v. Board of Education ended de jure discrimination in public education, racism is alive and indeed thriving in parts of America. One need only look at the White House website and read the petitions for succession to see its ugliness.
None-the-less this day, the day before the festival of light, Chanuka begins this year, appears a wonderful day. See the light of justice beginning to glow through the darkness! Emmanuel comes, the light abides, justice rules.