Will the US Supreme Court stand with or against the tide of history when they decide on DOMA and Prop 8 next year with polls showing that the majority of Americans support marriage equality? Striking the blatantly discriminatory so-called Defense of Marriage Act will help end some of the suffering the government imposes on same sex couples - but will not make marriage equality legal. The high court could do that by ruling broadly in the federal challenge to Prop 8 that banning marriage rights for same sex couples is unconstitutional - period. But no one's really holding their breath for that decision.
Meanwhile - just as Levi Jeans, Coke and TV's Dynasty may have had more to do with tearing down the Berlin Wall than Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev's glasnost - so, too, is culture sweeping away the obstacles to marriage equality. Consider this: in the late 1980s, Phill Wilson, then the co-founder and director of the Black Gay & Lesbian Leadership Forum, held a news conference at the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Community Services Center - backed by coalition partners that included NOW/LA president Tammy Bruce (now a conservative radio talk show host ) - blasting Essence Magazine for homophobia in not accepting a Forum ad. In 1991, Linda Villarosa wrote an article with her mother coming out in Essence, and went on to become the executive editors of that publication.
But the acceptance of individual LGBT African Americans is one thing - accepting marriage equality is another. Now that's changing, too, especially after President Barack Obama and the NAACP came out in favor of marriage rights. Writer/producer Rod McCullom has written a good piece for Ebony on the marriage cases before the Supreme Court - and now Jet Magazine has featured a black gay couple in their popular wedding announcements. Recently married gay MSNBC host Thomas Roberts interviewed the couple - Dr. Ravi Perry and Paris Prince - on Monday. Check out the video after the break.