victory for gay marriage

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