The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued an urgent warning for LGBT Americans. There has been an outbreak of a new bacteria called SCOTUSITIS. Symptoms include endless hand-wringing, sleepless night, anxiety attacks and the inability to have a conversation without blurting out the latest speculation about marriage and the Supreme Court of the United States.
While the CDC does not believe the emerging SCOTUSITIS is fatal, it can hamper holiday cheer, good conversation, block the latest gossip and leave those effected with a vacant and worried look. Some of those impacted wish the marriage issue had never arrived at this point of decision and others walk around confidently despite being infected.
The CDC has announced that those impacted could not be in better shape to fight this virus. LGBT Americans won four ballot measure, have the best attorneys in America, enters the case with the best momentum in years and has the tide of justice behind their backs. While nothing can reassure those attacks of nerves, one thing is clear. The disease must be suffered in order to reach a cure.
As my good friend Michelangelo Signorile said in his most recent column:
But I'm not afraid of the Supreme Court, and I am completely prepared for the worst possible outcome while hoping for the best. The court can't hold us back, nor can it stop a movement, even if it becomes an ugly impediment. Public opinion is shifting rapidly, and the movement for LGBT equality has come very far in such a short period of time. Few imagined it would happen so fast, and if there's a chance it may take longer by taking some risks that could bring full equality, I'm all ready for that. The alternative is to do nothing and continue without rights, perhaps indefinitely. Our current president supports full equality, and a previous great president, FDR, once wisely told Americans that "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." That and the latest polling showing that Americans are with us should be enough for us to boldly move forward.