The Supreme Court will decide whether it will finally take up the issue of gay marriage for the entire country or not and a few lines from this article say it all:
Throughout U.S. history, the court has tried to avoid getting too far ahead of public opinion and mores. The high court waited until 1967 to strike down laws against interracial marriage in the 16 states that still had them…”What do they have to gain by hearing this case? Either they impose same sex marriage on the whole country, which would create a political firestorm, or they say there’s no right to same-sex marriage, in which case they are going to be reversed in 20 years and be badly remembered. They’ll be the villains in the historical narrative,” said Andrew Koppelman, a professor of law and political science at Northwestern University.
The truly wrongheaded thinking here is that the political firestorm would be such a bad thing. The professor is definitely right about the outcomes he is suggesting but the question that should be asked here is, what do we truly have to fear from this so-called firestorm? Will there be rioting? Looting? A zombie apocalypse? Will team Edward or Jacob rise to victory?
The fact is we are admitting a decision against gay marriage will be overturned at some point in the near future and will be forever frowned upon by the generations to come. So why not just get to the equal-for-all part of this issue by legalizing it nationwide now? Even if there is a firestorm, why should anyone fear it?
The only element stopping this decision from already being made is the inability of people to change their minds and come to grips with the reality gay marriage is just fine and is fair for those currently being oppressed. Why should the country be held back in progressing toward equality because a shrinking minority of people think the wrong way on a certain issue?
It’s sad the Supreme Court has chosen cowardice over justice for so long on gay rights and may continue to do so. It’s even more heartbreaking our generation will be burdened with this ideology being associated with us in the forthcoming history books just as the Supreme Court decisions of the 1800s regarding slavery and Jim Crow laws will forever be intertwined with American beliefs of that century. It’s a disgrace that only a tiny group of people have the power and ability to change and they still seem to be too afraid to do what is right.