Gay Marriage Will Soon Be Unremarkable.

by Pitt Griffin on March 8, 2015 · 0 comments

in Constitution, Gay Marriage

“Don’t hide behind the Constitution or the Bible. If you’re against gay marriage, just be honest, put a scarlet ‘H’ on your shirt, and say, ‘I am a homophobe!” ― Henry Rollins

The Supreme Court has made many controversial decisions. Decisions that many think were wrong. But two stand out as particularly egregious because they demeaned people – the Dred Scott decision and Plessey vs. Ferguson. Dred Scott confirmed that some people were property. Plessey enshrined segregation.

Now the Supreme Court is considering the constitutionality of gay marriage. It is hard to imagine that they will deny it as a fundamental right. The overwhelming majority of lower courts have overturned states’ attempts to ban it. The Supreme Court itself declined to stay one of those court’s bans. In that light, to ultimately rule that states have the right to deny marriage to gays, would be sadistic.

The justices are not immune to public opinion. The acceptance of gay marriage has exploded since Massachusetts legalized it in 2004. The country hasn’t collapsed. Everyone knows someone who’s gay. Many have gay family members. To deny marriage to two people, who love each other, seems unfair.

Three hundred conservatives have written an amicus brief to the Supreme Court urging it to rule for gay marriage. Ted Olsen, Bush’s lawyer, has argued for gay marriage. Dick Cheney and other right-wing politicians who have gay children support gay marriage.

It’s inevitable, much as interracial marriage has gone from a rarity to unremarkable, so gay marriage will soon be mundane.

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