Today's first post looked at where gay rights may go in 2014. As noted, there is much to be done and anti-gay animus remains far too wide spread. If one wants to see but one example, to demonstrate the level of anti-gay animus behind Virginia's Marshall-Newman Amendment, the amendment was added to the Virginia Constitution's Bill of Rights of citizens as if the backers wanted to underscore that Virginia gays were indeed less than full citizens. But I digress. Looking forward in terms of the advance of gay marriage, an editorial in the Los Angeles Times posits that the courts will lead in making further advances happen. This seems plausible in states like Virginia where Republican - slavishly obeying the dictates of The Family Foundation, an anti-gay hate group - will continue to block the repeal of anti-gay laws and constitutional amendments. Here are highlights from the editorial and its analysis:
Even by the standards of this extraordinary year for gay rights — during which more than half of the 18 states that now recognize same-sex marriages were added to the list and the Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act — the last couple of weeks have been remarkable. Within a few days, courts made gay marriage legal in New Mexico and Utah, and a ruling in Ohio forced some state recognition of such marriages.