I remember waking up the morning after Prop 8 passed wondering how this is possible and questioning why people didn't know better. How is it that a 17-year-old can see what some adults cannot seem to? That love makes a family.
Last week's ruling by the federal appellate court in California makes clear that alternative recognition schemes like domestic partnerships and civil unions are good, but they are not good enough. One hopes that Governor Christie is paying attention.
If the Supreme Court issues an opinion following the appellate court's reasoning, it might have a limited impact on same-sex marriage bans in other states. But it is precisely this that significantly improves the chances of it being affirmed by the Supreme Court.