The hits keep coming, like companies shoving big financial news in after the week's market close, or everyone trying to end the calendar year with some oomph. Now Utah has to obey its nondiscrimination laws and regs by permitting same-sex marriage.
With New Mexico earlier, that's a third of the states (and DC) allowing marriage equality. It's closing in on 40% of the population. The wingers who said a couple of years ago that the SSM battle had been won by the pro-equality forces were smack on.
The anti-gay forces have been funneled down to two sad stances:
- Calls for plebiscites, figuring the regressive, oppressive types will be able to rally at the polls
- Reliance on their panicked, anti-American democracy state one-man/one-woman reactionary laws and amendments
Would the Supremes had said, "Give it up," when they recently had the chance to lead and be rational. The SCOTUS has simply dragged out the inevitable, humane, and rational.
Yeah to New Mexico and to Utah. Welcome to the world of compassion and reason.
Saturday Updates: The governor is fairly soiling his trousers in anger and promises some kind of action. The federal court there denied a state request for an immediate stay, and marriages proceeded. The well-reasoned 53-page judgment is here.