Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice, on the Court's refusal to take up any of the marriage cases presented to it:
“[As] you know when there's no disagreement among the Courts of Appeals, we don't step in. The major job that the Court has is to keep the law of the United States more or less uniform, so when Courts of Appeals disagree about what the law of the United States is, then we are obligated to grant review. If there had been a court of Appeals on the other side, we probably would have taken that case, but up till now, all the Courts of Appeal agree, so there is no crying need for us to step in.”
Because right is right, and equality is equality, and all Americans deserve that.
I loves me some RBG.
President Barack Obama, on the Supreme Court’s refusal to take on marriage equality:
“Ultimately, I think the Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage in all 50 states. But, as you know, courts have always been strategic. There have been times where the stars were aligned and the Court, like a thunderbolt, issues a ruling like Brown v. Board of Education, but that's pretty rare. And, given the direction of society, for the Court to have allowed the process to play out the way it has may make the shift less controversial and more lasting."
And more right.
Greg Abbott, Texas Attorney General fighting to keep the state’s marriage ban, on whether he would have defended a prohibition on interracial marriage had he been in office 50 years ago:
“Right now, if there was a ban on interracial marriage, that’s already been ruled unconstitutional, and all I can do is deal with the issues that are before me … I can’t go back and answer some hypothetical question like that.”
He can’t answer if he would fight to keep a ban on interracial marriage? And that’s what the GOP is putting up as their candidate for governor of Texas. Lord help them.
Benedict Cumberbatch, on why The Imitation Game, the story of gay hero Alan Turing, doesn't have an explicit gay sex scene:
“You don’t see him [Alan Turing] having sex. That’s not an exploration of someone's sex life. The fact that he's chemically castrated because he admits to being a homosexual; he talks about entreating a young man to touch his penis. I mean, it's pretty explicit. If you need to see that to understand that he's gay, then all is lost for any kind of subtle storytelling.”
Plus, the sex isn’t the story being told; it’s his life, and he was far more than just a gay man.
Shonda Rhimes, on why her shows have so many gay and lesbian story lines:
“Because I believe everyone should get to see themselves reflected on TV. EVERYONE. And because I love all my gay and lesbian friends. AND because I think same-sex marriage is the civil rights fight of our era and back when being a person of color was the civil rights fight, people like Norman Lear put black people on TV and helped change some minds. So you know, it's gotta be paid forward. As long as we are willing to sit by while one person is not free, none of us are free. And FINALLY: because as long as someone feels like it is okay to ask the question "why all the gay people on your shows", then there is still a HUGE problem that needs to be solved. It's like asking "Why all the black people on your shows" ... Which is, in fact, why there are also a lot of people of color on my shows . Cause people keep asking. Like it's unusual. Which means we have a LONG way to go ... Okay, done preaching."
Snap. Love her.