Who would have thought 10 years ago, when the movement for gay marriage was in its early stages and Massachusetts was the first state in legalizing it, that today same-sex people could marry in 28 states?
With its most recent – and surprising – decision not to interfere in lower-court rulings overturning bans in several states, the Supreme Court has expanded this right in such a way that today it covers most of the country’s population.
In other aspects, the U.S. remains a conservative country. In many states the majority is profoundly religious, and a political movement represents the still-white majority’s reaction to the empowerment of African Americans and Latinos. A wide consensus approves the country’s military intervention in conflicts around the globe, and a significant sector opposes the government’s intervention in the economic process.
However, public polls have shown for the past few years that a majority supports man-to-man and woman-to-woman marriages.
It’s true: many public officials – from governors to civil register clerks – fiercely oppose anything that undermines the idea that a marriage is between a man and a woman. The concept has its origin in individual religious beliefs, but modern society has made it practically meaningless.
The same can be said about majorities in many states – especially in the South – that have repeatedly voted for same-sex bans at the polls. Those are the same bans that have been declared unconstitutional time and again by the highest courts.
We believe that a strong majority of the public nationally supports equality and opposes discrimination, also in this case.
One thing is clear: When the population is conscious of the rights of a minority the country becomes more inclusive, and solidarity and tolerance become the basis of society – which in turn benefit other minorities. Such is the case with immigrants and Latinos.
It sets a good precedent for the rights of Latinos and other minorities when the judges’ rulings – even in one of the most conservative Supreme Courts in memory – are in line with public opinion. A good sign