It was just recently announced that the Supreme Court will face not one but two cases dealing with gay marriage in the next year. As reported by the New York Times, one case could “establish or reject a constitutional right to same -sex marriage.” The case may result in interpreting the constitution as requireing states to recognize same sex marriages. The second case deals with giving benefits to gay and lesbian couples in states that allow same sex marriages.
For homosexual men and women (and human rights in general), this is a big moment. If the Supreme Court ruled that the constitution does not allow states to deny marriage equality for gay men and women, a huge triumph would be made. Instead of gay marriage being passed state by state (there are nine currently), all fifty states would be forced to recognize these marriages.
The question is are the American people ready? With President Obama’s public support of gay marriage and the passing of same-sex marriage in four new states after the recent election, it seems that the public tide is turning. For the people who are aganist marriage equality, I think it takes the law of the land to eventually change attitudes and beliefs just as with interracial marriage in the late 60s. Personally, I am hopeful the Supreme Court will approve marriage equality, and be on the right side of history.