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Gay Marriage — The Final Countdown


Regular readers know my stance on this.  Gay marriage has in many ways replaced the death penalty as my personal litmus test for what I think about politicians and humanity in general.  For years, that test was the death penalty, but that’s a pretty hard test to apply when virtually every politician in America has to pay lip service to state sanctioned killing to be electable.  There are some exceptions to that, but it’s difficult to find politicians who actively campaign based on opposition to the death penalty.

Gay marriage is dramatically different, although that difference is getting remarkably smaller as well.

The United States Supreme Court will rule this year on a trio of cases that the pundits believe will produce an opinion that once and for all settles the question of whether there is a constitutional right in America for two consenting adults to marry, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation.  When appellate courts such as the Supreme Court hear cases, interested parties can file what are called amicus briefs, or friend of the court briefs.  The current gay marriage cases are bringing people out of the woodwork.

As reported in today’s Sacramento Bee, Meg Whitman and Neel Kashkari, the last two Republican nominees for governor in California, are among 300 conservatives who have filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court.  Uh-oh.  The conservatives are lining up against gay marriage, trying to give the conservative wing of the court some backbone.  Right?  Ummm.  No.  This group of conservatives have filed a brief in support of gay marriage.

Maybe this isn’t such a litmus test anymore.  I also read something in the last few weeks that a lot of the fire-breathing right-wingers in Congress have recognized that silence on this topic is better than opposition.

But, wait there’s more.  Yes, the Tampa Bay Rays, New England Patriots, and San Francisco Giants have also signed on to a brief in support of gay marriage.  So, you know when the conservatives have started to come over to your side of things, something incredible may be happening.  And then when American professional sports franchises — one of the last bastions of intolerance to homosexuality in this country — are stating publicly their support of tolerance, humanity, and love for all.  Well, I’m just kind of gobsmacked.

Now, we can only hope that Scalia and Thomas are the only votes against this historic moment.

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4 responses to “Gay Marriage — The Final Countdown

  1. Carrie Rubin March 7, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    It’s wonderful to see, that’s for sure.

  2. Trent Lewin March 8, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    well Mark, I think there are some good people out there who actually do finally change with the times. i’m happy to see it. remember when sports were at times groundbreakers in forwards movement, though? I hear jackie robinson’s name and tear up instantly… i know it took baseball too long to integrate, but they did it and i think it helped. i wish they would get on the forefront of supporting gay people.

    • kingmidget March 8, 2015 at 8:03 pm

      Once professional sports leagues accept this and players can play openly as gay human beings, the barriers will have been erased. I still marvel at how quickly the tide has changed on this issue.

      • Trent Lewin March 9, 2015 at 2:47 am

        I think it’s great that things have changed so swiftly. For all the wrong we do, sometimes we get something right, and when we do, we get it quick. I love that about people.

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