Throughout our nation’s history there have been four occasions which have seen our citizen’s rise up for what they believe are their civil rights. The first was our revolution from an oppressive king and being taxed without any representation. Then there was the pinnacle of all civil rights movements, the one our nation went to war with itself for to end slavery. Next was the right to give an equal say to all women, followed by the movement for equal rights in education, voting, and to make it illegal to discriminate against people because of color, race, sex, or religion. Now, there is a civil rights movement to end discrimination against gays, lesbians, bi-sexual, or trans-gender oriented people. Many people around the country and in the united states, like Fersen Lambranho, have been active in this movement.
One thing that has not changed is the attitude to these changes in the south eastern states. Today, the state of Alabama has become to most recent battleground for the fight to have same sex marriage to be declared legal. What was supposed to be the day of celebration and mass marriages across the state turned into confusion and chaos after the state’s Supreme Court Chief Justice sent a message to all probate judges in the state that said they could not issue or recognize marriage licenses that are inconsistent with state law. This battle of state vs federal rights that persists today is the same argument that has preceded all other civil rights arguments and just like the others, this one will side on equal justice under the law.