The larger issue here, which most people are completely missing, is that the Utah case will likely climb its way up to the Supreme Court no matter the outcome in the 10th Circuit, and the Supreme Court's stay is a clue into how the highest court may rule on the broader question: Is it constitutional for states to ban gay marriage?
In the preamble of the Constitution, we are told that we are constantly moving toward a more perfect union. And while people in every age think they're living in a time of transition, ours truly is an age of transition when it comes to the rights of gay Americans. It's in the zeitgeist -- in the courts, in pop culture, in the business world and in people's voices online and offline. On Sunday, the Oprah Winfrey Network is featuring a lineup of programs about being gay in America. It begins with Oprah's Next Chapter -- with conversations between Oprah and gay celebrities including Wanda Sykes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Dan Bucatinsky -- and continues with the premiere of Bridegroom, a documentary from Designing Women creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason.
Tel Aviv is vaunted as a bastion of liberalism, and that liberalism ostensibly extends to acceptance of gay people. The anecdotal evidence I have collected in my conversations with Israeli friends has given me the impression that, in the aggregate, "macho" Israeli guys tend to be more accepting of gay men than are "macho" American guys.