If you are gay, or on top of the news, unless you have been under a rock since about a week ago, you will know that the US Supreme Court will this year be hearing arguments about the Sixth Circuit Court’s decision to uphold four state bans on gay marriage. The sixth Circuit hears cases for Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. Other circuits had struck down gay marriage bans. Petitioners in four consolidated cases either want to marry in the states governed by the sixth, or they want marriages that have been recognized in other circuit states validated in the sixth. Justice Anthony Kennedy, as in the past, may again be the deciding vote on what might very well end up being a 5 – 4 decision, one he may very well write, a ruling to overturn the sixth’s decision. The Defense of Marriage Act or DOMA, has been knocked down again and again and will eventually go away. This case should put the final nail in the coffin of those trying to halt the inevitable, that gay marriage will be acceptable and accepted throughout the land.
It is interesting that although this is another fight for us, and I know there is great interest, that will only be magnified as it gets closer and closer to the case’s arguments and ruling, I find many that I know are not as fired up as before. Now don’t get me wrong. They care, and know what they want and they are happy we may be near the end of this kind of discrimination, but it just doesn’t seem as urgent.
I kind of knew why but I asked some friends, and others who I had never met before, if they were honestly super-interested, and if not, why not. A total of 20 gay men. This is not a scientific poll, but I believe if a professional pollster contacted several hundred gays and lesbians, the results would be pretty darn similar. I know, I know, I only queried (careful, no pun intended) gay men and not lesbian women, but I still think my numbers make sense.
15 were interested but not super-interested. So I asked the 15 why. And it makes sense. 9 said, and a few were a bit embarrassed by it, that being things have progressed so well and that the battle for gay marriage was just about done so their worries were dissipating. 4 said they just didn’t have the time to think about it. 2 had more pressing issues happening. So there you have it. We have come a long way, almost over in some respects here in the good old USA. Other countries? Not so much.
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