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George Takei’s Op-Ed: The Supreme Court’s DOMA Ruling and the End of ‘Ick’

When the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the DOMA case, actor George Takei picked up his pen to weigh in on the impact of the ruling and what has changed in this country in just a few decades.

Takei links the history of interracial relationships and LGBT relationships, noting that the “ick” phenomenon has been used to justify attacks on both over the years.

“Whenever one group discriminates against another — keeping its members out of a club, a public facility or an institution — it often boils down to a visceral, negative response to something unfamiliar,” Takei writes in The Washington Post. “I call this the ‘ick.’”

He says that “ick” has more to do with a lack of familiarity with these relationships than anything else.

Thankfully, the Supreme Court ruled in Loving v. Virginia in 1967, and then again in the DOMA case in 2013, that “‘ick’ is not a proper basis for constitutional jurisprudence.”

“Future generations will shake their heads at how narrow, fearful and ignorant we sounded today debating DOMA,” Takei wrote. “Happily, the majority of our justices understood this and did not permit the “ick” to stick.

Read the full article in The Washington Post.

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