According to an article in the Huffington Post, 2013 began with 57 million people allowed to marriage equality. We will end the year with about 114 million, over twice what we started with. The progress we are marking is remarkable.
The latest states to allow same-sex marriage are Illinois and Hawaii. Ohio and Idaho are moving toward overturning their marriage bans. There are lawsuits in at least 5 states challenging the ban on same-sex marriage making their way through the courts. One of them, if not all of them, will eventually make its way to the Supreme Court. The court will then be able to make a decision affecting the lives of millions. It will be as important a decision as Loving vs. Virginia, the decision that finally overturned all the miscegenation laws in the country, allowing interracial marriage.
Between 1996 and 2013 the support for marriage equality skyrocketed from 27% to 55%. We have never seen public opinion change on any single issue that quickly. The Supreme Court must take that into consideration when making their next decision on this issue.
While gay marriage is now legal in California and my son is now married, there are too many loving couples who are not able to enjoy the rights and protections of civil marriage. That has to change.
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