Today is our 18th wedding anniversary, and I wonder if it will be our last? Whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, I think we have cause to worry about the power given to nine people to determine just what having “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” means. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas noted in his argument to overturn Roe v. Wade that all rulings based on the notion of privacy should be reviewed, including contraception for married couples (certainly, I would also imagine for single people), gay marriage, and rights to consensual sex. Interestingly, he didn’t include interracial marriage, but it is based on the same notion of privacy, but, then, he is in an interracial marriage, so maybe I am getting all worked up for nothing.
Everyone in America should be concerned about the power that the Justices of the Supreme Court have to overturn legal precedents, especially as many of the laws that Justice Thomas wants to overturn regard people’s rights to do what they want with their bodies. In a democracy, if what I do with my body doesn’t directly impact your ability to enjoy your life, then you shouldn’t have the right to take away my rights.
I normally don’t do “politics” on my post, except when what occurs in the news causes my heart to do double-time in fear for this nation, such as the push to make voting harder for minorities, in an effort to make it easier for Republicans to win elections. But, also, as a Christian, I am concerned that there is a movement to turn America from a democracy to a theocracy, meaning a nation where Christians dictate the lives of everyone, according to their reading of the Bible. It is the height of hypocrisy in a democracy that religious people think it is okay to dictate other people’s lives, and that they are allowed to do so by Republican politicians attempting to grab power “by any means necessary.”
Yes, as I prepare to dress and go to a celebratory lunch with my husband, I worry about the other precedents that may be overturned, making it illegal for people to marry or have sex with whom they choose, or for married couples and single people to determine when or if they wish to parent. Today is a day when all Americans need to think about what it means to live in a democracy, and ask themselves if they are willing to lose their rights to privacy in decisionmaking on such personal issues.
I love my husband, and I will fight for interracial marriage to remain legal. The Lovings sacrificed a lot to give me the chance to marry the man I love and adore. It shouldn’t be that six people can take that right away from me. But, then, Justice Thomas didn’t include the ruling on interracial marriage among those precedents he wants to overturn. So, it is only those that affect other people’s lives, and not his married life, that he wants to change. I find that interesting and frightening!