The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll shows an historic high of 58 percent of Americans who now support marriage equality. But perhaps more importantly, considering the arc of history - young poll respondents aged 18-29 support the freedom to marry for same-sex couples by an overwhelming record high of 81 percent. Perhaps with that in mind, GetEqual produced this video to remind the Supreme Court - which will hear oral arguments on Prop. 8 and DOMA next Tuesday and Wednesday, that their legacy is at stake, too. (Text below)
Full transcript of the video:
Since the birth of our nation, people held down by prejudice and discrimination have always moved slowly but inevitably toward justice and equality.
And throughout our history, the Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States have been called upon to issue the critical rulings ensuring that our founding principles of justice and equality are delivered to those long denied them.
After centuries of injustice, countless generations lived in closets, through the watershed of Stonewall, the rise of Pride, the fight against AIDS, the fall of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and the demand that our relationships and our lives be shown the respect they deserve, the great weight of history has brought us to the doorstep of the Supreme Court. An unstoppable tidal wave is about to sweep over our nation as our history and those of our justices who will come together, forever united.
Major civil-rights decisions are the most famous in the history of the court. The justices that make the inevitable ruling of national marriage equality will secure their legacies forever. We have brought to your doorstep and laid at your feet your opportunity to craft one of the defining decisions of civil-rights law for our republic, and with it, to define your legacy in history. If you let this opportunity slip away by ruling anything less than full national marriage equality, you will only be giving some future court the recognition for having done it. You have in your hands the power to bring to fruition decades of a people's struggle for equality, and with it the opportunity of a jurist's career to forever mark your name in our evolving understanding of the Constitution and our country's promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all.
Our equality will come. The only question is who will deliver it.
Equality is waiting…
History is watching…