What Is So Hard to Understand about “Equal?”

The question is simple: are people who love people of their own gender entitled to equal protection of the laws?

The U.S. Constitution, in the 14th amendment, section 1, seems clear on the subject: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

This is the legal ground on which the court case in San Francisco challenging Proposition 8 in California is being fought.

It also is the ground for Virginians to insist that our government undo the damage they have done in the last week–by the Governor’s refusal to include LGBT protections in state employment, by the House of Delegates’ failure to pass SB 66, by the legal advice issued by the Attorney General to colleges and universities to cease enforcing their non-discrimination policies as they affect LGBT persons.

As much as this is a legal question, it also is a moral matter, and thus for me, a religious matter. I know God cares for those who are the victims of inequality.

I also know that God loves all equally, even those who do not seem to understand such equal treatment. Thank you, God, for helping us show them the truth.