I'm still pinching myself. What happened yesterday didn't get much press, but it's an earthquake. It was the day that marriage equality came to America for good. A reader exults:
I fully expect that the social right will react just as you predict, claiming that only a popular vote could give gay marriage genuine legitimacy. But the fact of the matter is that there have been multiple popular referendums here in Massachusetts on the issue, in the form of elections to the Legislature. If there were really a hidden swell of opposition, presumably it would have punished the politicians who supported gay marriage, ushering in a new class of legislators dedicated to overturning it. What we've seen is the opposite: anti-gay marriage politicians being voted out en masse in favor of those who support it. The people have spoken, over and over, and the result is one we can all be proud of, a wonderful example of our republic in action.
And this is a victory for HUMAN rights even more than gay rights. The way people lose their freedom is when some group decides it's better than somebody else and that those people don't deserve the rights they enjoy. America has come a long way and the legal recognition that gays and lesbians are...gasp!...people with rights ranks right up there with the glories of the civil rights movement of the 60s.
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