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Ending the March to Gilead
It's time to VOTE!
The Loving vs. Virginia case was decided on June 12, 1967. This was the Supreme Court case which struck down laws that banned inter-racial marriage.
On June 11, 1983, I married Bob GlickSmith in Virginia at a Glick family reunion—14 years and 364 days after that ruling. (In the picture are, from left to right, our son, Russell, our daughter Kieki, our beloved Aunt Beth (who officiated), me, and Bob.)
We were married until April of 2001; we had been together as a couple for 26 years. But we split on our own volition, not because anyone prohibited us from being married.
Overturning Roe vs. Wade, while having horrific consequences others have articulated better than I, sets an even more frightening precedent for blasting us back to a time that marginalized huge swaths of Americans—Black and brown people, indigenous Americans, LGBTQIA+, new immigrants, poor people, and on and on.
The right wing of the political spectrum has an irrational fear that living in the United States of America is somehow a zero-sum game. It’s need to control others—to have power over others—is the antithesis of servant leadership. I fear that if we (yes, we, as a unit—everyone—right, left, and center) don’t turn fear-based decision making into love-based decision making we will destroy the very fabric of what this country stands for.
It’s time to VOTE again!