This summer, LEGO launched a minor revolution. It introduced professional women -- scientists, no less -- into its latest toy line aimed at girls. The new figurines -- called "minifigs" by Lego die-hards -- feature a female palaeontologist, an astronomer, and a chemist. They sold out on the first day.
While it's a great thing to step back and consider the significant progress made in the last few decades towards social and economic equality for women, the fact is you never have to wait very long before encountering a stark reminder of just how much work is left to do - even up here in oh-so-liberal Vermont.
Despite wearing a tiara and traveling across the nation for a year promoting their causes, they have emotions like the rest of us. Some are liberal, others are conservative, middle of the road, deeply political, apolitical etc... She should not be expected to harbor a particular ideology or to solely represent just one segment of the population.
We do have a long way to go, even if SCOTUS takes up the issue this fall. But our society is clearly moving in the direction of marriage equality for all. More than ever before, couples of all stripes are demanding equality, freedom and recognition in their marriages, and are refusing to abide by laws that lag behind.