With apologies to Thomas Jefferson there, but the reality is that ‘man’ does tend to also mean ‘all humans’. Today is the first day of oral arguments before the United States Supreme Court regarding the issue of same-sex marriage. While a loss there is not necessarily the end of the fight, neither is a victory. In the last few days, we have seen a massive onslaught of polls and politicians declaring support for same-sex marriage.
Recently, Senators Claire McCaskill and Mark Begich joined the majority of the Democratic Party in supporting same-sex marriage. Begich stated “I believe that same sex couples should be able to marry and should have the same rights, privileges and responsibilities as any other married couple. Government should keep out of individuals’ personal lives — if someone wants to marry someone they love, they should be able to. Alaskans are fed up with government intrusion into our private lives, our daily business, and in the way we manage our resources and economy.”
Last night, Dr. Rachel Maddow discussed the issues before the US Supreme Court:
It should not be surprising that we are seeing a shift in acceptance of LGBT rights in this country over time. The politicians who are coming out in favor of marriage equality are doing so because of the fact that there is now wide support for it. Nearly two in three Americans support same-sex marriage.
In Ohio, 54% of the population supports rescinding the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and legalizing marriage equality so long as it does not force certain clergy to perform marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples.
While oral arguments are being heard today, it will likely not be for quite some time before we find out the outcome of today’s hearings.