Thursday, August 5, 2004

One Out, One In

Missouri says No to gay marriage while a judge in Washington State says Yes.

This is getting to be like abortion rights in the early 1970’s; some states (New York) relaxed their laws while other states (Texas) went to court to preserve their strict controls. It took the Roe v. Wade decision from the Supreme Court to at least set up a level field for the battle to come. That’s what may happen here, and it will remove the “it’s up to the states” line from the campaign mantra of candidates who are unable or unwilling to say that Yes, gay and lesbian Americans are entitled to the same basic rights as everyone else.