Home > F. Politics & the Velvet Revolution > A Judicial Revolt, A Midnight Dose of Liberty

A Judicial Revolt, A Midnight Dose of Liberty

File:Samesex marriage in USA.svg

Anyone who thinks that the U.S. states have lost most of their power or that the U.S. cultural landscape isn’t complicated should peruse the above map. RT continues to be boggled by the progress of gay rights in the U.S., but the most recent overturnings of state law regarding gay marriage has gotten him up at nearly midnight to editorialize on the situation. But after considering this map, RT is beginning to think that more may be going on than several wild-eyed federal judges striking blows in the name of justice.

Michigan’s ruling brings to nine, count ’em, nine, states that have had either their bans on same-sex marriage or their bans on recognition of other-state gay marriage overturned. What is even more astounding is that a near-majority of the U.S. population now supports gay marriage, up from 25 percent in 1996. Polls in Wisconsin, Ohio, Virginia, and Arizona indicate majority support in those states! These are not locales known for their liberal political stance.

Nineteen U.S. states now recognize gay marriage; the first state to legalize it, Massachusetts, did so ten years ago. And RT recollects the avalanche of state bans on gay marriage that buried much of the country back in the 1990s.

The ten-year anniversary is probably pertinent: Massachusetts has yet to slide off into the ocean. And as is the case with the Affordable Care Act, we are just looking at the first phase of this struggle (and the implicit acceptance of the sexuality spectrum). Polygamy and group marriage are waiting for their day in court. The very foundation of civilization for the last four millennia, patriarchy, is crumbling (and for some, being reaffirmed).

Somewhere, in a hell that may no longer be so dusty, Gilgamesh and Enkidu are smiling.

And what about hash brownies? (RT himself will abstain; his meds have worked pretty well for him all these years).

*

MapLegal status of same-sex partnership in the United States; author: Lokal_Profil. WikiCmns; CC 3.0 Unported.

*

Legend:
Navy Blue: Marriage for same-sex couples fully recognized;
Blue: Domestic partnerships or civil unions granting privileges similar to marriage for same-sex domestic partners;
Sky Blue: Limited/enumerated privileges granted by state;
Dark Grey: Same-sex marriages performed elsewhere recognized;
Light Grey: No prohibition or recognition of same-sex marriages or unions in territory law;
Gold: Judicial ruling against a same-sex marriage ban stayed pending appeal;
Pink: Law banning same-sex marriage;
Bright Red: Constitution and law banning same-sex marriage; and
Maroon: Constitution and law banning same-sex marriage and specified or unspecified civil union types.

 

Advertisements
  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: