A Roberts ruling in favor of overturning the Defense of Marriage Act would be a victory for federalism, a triumph for the gay equal rights movement, and a historic moment for the Court that could well mark the moment that conservative opposition to same-sex marriage crumbled to dust.
Eric Resnick did not want to ask the question. He felt an obligation, though, because other reporters were avoiding the subject. They ought to have long ago confronted Ken Mehlman about the contradictions between his politics and his personal life.
I'm hoping that the Supreme Court makes the right decision. However, I have to honestly admit that if the Supreme Court does make that decision, I'm a little nervous, maybe even scared, about what that means for my relationship with Vivian.
"If the Supreme Court strikes down Prop 8 and rules DOMA unconstitutional, I'll be overjoyed," said gay rights activist John Smith. "I mean at that point, the gay rights movement will be pretty much over." Prominent activists throughout the gay and lesbian community seem to be in agreement.
The lesson we all can take from the vision of those who foresaw this week is that often in quests for social justice, what seems impossible at first becomes inevitable later. And it's those who are willing to bear the brunt of being told that their ideas are impossible that move us forward.
I think that gay marriage is going to win, in the end -- even if the Supreme Court ducks the issue this year. As civil rights battles go, the country has moved extraordinarily fast to where we find ourselves now: the point of no return.
How would the rights, happiness, love, unions and families of others diminish the blessings and rights enjoyed by those who currently have such rights? Does the suffering and agony of those who are deemed unequal enhance the lives of others?
Regardless of what is said in the oral arguments, a reading of the merits briefs makes it clear that the Court will have to rule in favor of gay marriage, and will improve the lives of 130,000 legally-married couples in same-sex marriages.
I decided to revisit some of the photographs I've taken while attending Prop 8 protests and marriage equality rallies over the last five years. It's hard to deny that Prop 8 not only galvanized the marriage equality movement but added vigor to the fight in other LGBT-equality-related areas.
There is a school of thought that a broad victory for marriage equality at the Supreme Court would galvanize the opposition and end up being a setback for the gay rights movement. I disagree. The side that can't afford to win or to lose at the Supreme Court this week is the anti-gay right.
People didn't ask us if we, as two men, were prepared to raise a child, and they didn't warn us about the importance of making sure our son has female influences (he does). They simply congratulated us and warned us to "kiss sleep goodbye." It's time for our laws to catch up with our culture.