Supreme Court moves nation closer to same-sex marriage
Editors Baltimore Times | 6/28/2013, midnight
In striking down The Defense of Marriage Act, the nation’s highest court has made it refreshingly clear that in the area of marriage equality, the march towards same-sex marriage is moving forward. However, this emotional battle is far from over.
The Supreme Court’s decision does not mean gay couples are allowed to marry anywhere in the United States. Rather, the high court struck down a key provision of The Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA that denied certain federal benefits to those same-sex couples who have been married in states that allow gay marriage, such as Maryland.
Thirty-six states still ban same-sex marriage, but the trend is clear: it’s only a matter of time before more states legalize gay unions, which ultimately will become the law of the nation.
As it turns out, thanks to a separate high court ruling also handed down this week, California could be next. In that case, the justices cleared the way for same-sex marriage to resume in that pivotal state following a long and technical fight over that state’s ban on such unions.
For certain, the gay-marriage movement has picked up remarkable momentum in the past decade. Polls show Americans increasingly in favor of it, and that number is much higher for a younger generation of Americans. Shifting demographics and changing attitudes portend an ultimate triumph.
Before everyone gets too distracted, much work still needs to be done to educate all Americans on this issue. We cannot simply discount people who are still uncomfortable with the idea of same-sex marriage. Despite remaining doubts, we are moving closer and closer to it being a reality.