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Travis DannerTravis Danner is the opinions editor of the Express and an award-winning columnist. His opinions are his own, but we love to publish them because they are intelligent, sarcastic and polarizing. Please, feel free to respond. He loves feedback.

Yes, boys and girls it’s that special time of year again.

That magical time when all the crazy Congresspeople nestle together in their offices and argue about whether they should let the economy fall into the ocean.

On Dec. 7, it was announced that the United States Supreme Court would hear cases on both California’s Proposition 8 and the US government’s Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Both laws were implemented to do one thing — stop gay Americans from getting married.

You’ve really gotta hand it to the human race.

I mean think about it. What other species on the planet goes out of its way to make sure certain segments of that species aren’t allowed to be happy?

Well, OK, most animals don’t have the same concept of happiness that humans do, but I think you see my point.

We as humans are sup- posed to be better than beasts. Unfortunately, the movement in the United States to ban gay marriage is monstrous. Many who profess the belief that gay Americans should not have the ability to get married claim that their argument is “moral.”

There is absolutely nothing moral about using your time and energy to ensure that two people who are just as willing as any straight couple to have the privi- lege of making their love official don’t have the God-given right to do so.

I still remember the bittersweet of Nov. 4, 2009. On one hand, I was ecstatic – Barack Obama was elected President of the United States of America. On the other, a majority of Californians decided that my state I love so dearly should say to the gay population that they are something less than straights.

I wish I could say that I thought the Proposition 8 and DOMA cases being heard by the Supreme Court was good news.

The truth is, I’m not sure and I’m a skeptical.

I have this fear that this is a last gasp effort of the conservative movement to have this issue settled in their favor.

With the reelection of President Obama, he will eventually be tasked with filling at least two Supreme Court slots.

The court holds a slim conser- vative lean currently.

The court will no doubt lean left once spots open up and President Obama makes his appointments.

Unfortunately, pending how the courts rule on this issue, it may be too late.

If the conservative side of

the court sides with the hate- mongering, bible-thumping homophobes who believe gay Americans shouldn’t be able to get married.

If these so-called “moralists” were actually serious about “sav- ing traditional marriage” they would actually be working to save it by advocating banning divorce.

Let’s see how America would react to that.

Until then, here’s to hoping that good sense and reason win the day. Here’s to hoping that when love has its day in court — it wins.

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