It’s about time. The historic ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court last week that made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states has been a long time coming.
As more and more states made marriage between same-sex partners legal, a few holdouts dug in their heels. It was time for the high court to step in.
There were 13 states that did not allow same-sex marriages at the time of the Supreme Court’s decision. Officials in Louisiana and Texas, according to the Washington Post, have told court clerks they can ignore the ruling if they have religious objections.
There will undoubtedly be some hiccups as states move into line with the landmark decision. There will be those who argue that the decision should be left up to the states. There will be those who argue that religious freedom should not be ignored. Those are valid arguments, and ones that will likely end up before the high court again. But, those holdouts to same-sex marriage that hold government office will fail. They are instruments of the government, which has made clear where it stands on the issue.
Justice Anthony Kennedy pointed out in the opinion that the court itself “has recognized that new insights and societal understandings can reveal unjustified inequality within our most fundamental institutions that once passed unnoticed and unchallenged.”
Can you think of other instances of evolving societal norms and morals? We certainly can.
Friday’s decision gave dignity to those same-sex couple who have for decades struggled to be treated equally.
While the majority in the Supreme Court ruled in favor of dignity, love and respect, the dissent will only serve to reinforce the opposition in our communities. The justices who criticized the ruling argued that, “A system of government that makes the people subordinate to a committee of nine unelected lawyers does not deserve to be called a democracy.”
There will be many who agree with that statement, and that’s OK. Freedom of speech remains a fundamental right.
But those who oppose same-sex marriage are a dying breed.
According to a 2014 Gallup poll, the overall support for same-sex marriage has reached 55 percent in the U.S. Among those ages 18-29, support is nearly 80 percent.
It’s about time.