John M. Becker

On Marriage Equality, It's All Over But the Shouting

Filed By John M. Becker | February 09, 2015 3:15 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Alabama, gay marriage, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

supreme-court-side-view.jpgI'm not one to count chickens before they're hatched, especially when it comes to a Supreme Court as fickle and blatantly partisan as this one is.

But with regard to marriage equality, barring the unforeseen, it really does seem to be all over but the shouting.

I've said for awhile now that it's hard to imagine the Supreme Court putting the freedom-to-marry genie back in the bottle after allowing marriage equality to come to the 4th, 7th, 9th, and 10th Circuits and refusing several states' requests to put marriages on hold while appeals proceed. To reverse course in June would create legal chaos across the country.

But by refusing to stop marriage equality from taking effect in Alabama -- the Court's first such move after it agreed to take up the 6th Circuit marriage cases this term -- the Justices appear to have tipped their hands on how they intend to ultimately resolve the question of whether or not the U.S. Constitution protects same-sex couples' right to marry.

I feel more confident than ever before that by the end of June 2015, the United States of America will be a marriage equality nation.

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