Stone, by stone, by stone. Each placed so delicately, so slowly, carefully creating a path across the country. From Massachusetts to California to — as of today — Virginia to 21 other states and the District of Columbia, the fragile road to full equality is gaining momentum.
Twenty-four hours ago 19 states and the District of Columbia supported same-sex marriage. Today the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review petitions against appeals court decisions in five states, bringing the number up to 24 (plus D.C.). Six other states fall under the jurisdiction of the three federal appeals courts that were involved in today’s decision, meaning that the number will likely jump to 30 very soon.
Thirty. Thirty states allowing all couples — straight, gay, biracial, what have you — to commit to each other for the rest of their lives. It’s a basic right that is honored by (what could soon be) 30 states.
Popular opinion has moved much faster than the courts on same-sex marriage…with many Americans and large majorities of young people supporting it.
Today’s “majorities of young people” have been anticipating this ruling for most of our lives. Though many news sources have dubbed today’s Supreme Court ruling as a huge surprise, those of us who know what’s coming see it as a long-overdue success.
Nearly half of the USA is celebrating love, not judging or exclusively selecting it. Today marks a victory for the future of our country, signaling about half of it walking on the right path.
But the other half isn’t far behind.
Full list of states where same-sex marriage is allowed (states in bold were added today): Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, The District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Utah, Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii.