Four same-sex couples filed auspicious by precedent lawsuits against the state of Indiana on Friday, hoping to secure both state issued marriage licenses and recognition of licenses issued in other states. The topically timed action was incited by Indiana’s Defense of Marriage Act, which deems same-sex marriages unlawful and also refuses to acknowledge unions made elsewhere. After same-sex marriage prevailed in Kentucky recently, it seems the appropriate moment to replicate the result in Indiana. This lawsuit, which could potentially overturn the state’s current ban, would groom Indiana to join the 17 other states, and Washington D.C., where gay unions are now lawfully permitted. With federal legislation now ensuring no rights be denied to same-sex marriages where they are allowed, and the polarization of the American people steadily shifting in favor of gay rights, it would seem the opposition to same-sex marriage is waging a losing battle.
When the Supreme Court made its unprecedented ruling last year that wherever same-sex marriage was embraced, all rights bestowed to traditional unions would follow, it was a monumental triumph for the LGBT community, and minorities in general. While the legality of same-sex marriage was not federally addressed at that time, it became another crucial catalyst for Gay Civil Rights that has since sparked a ravenously spreading flame of progress across the United States. Around the nation the once obstinant scales are starting to tip in favor of gay couples.
Just last month in Arizona, Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have allowed businesses to discriminantly refuse service to anyone they labeled a threat to their religious freedom. In Washington this week at the Republican Conservative Political Action Conference, a historically uninvited activist group of gay Republicans called the GOProud were finally asked to join. District judges in some of the most conservative states like Utah and Texas are astonishingly overturning state dictated bans on gay marriage. Even actor Jared Leto won an Oscar last week for his poignant portrayal of a gay man dying of AIDS in Texas in the film Dallas Buyers Club.
Reputably conservative politicians are wising up it would seem, and jumping ship before sinking with a futile cause they in all actuality no longer have any need to affiliate with. Where the same-sex marriage issue was once a political dividing line, it is rapidly devolving into a regional matter of opinion not worthy of such stark division. The extraordinary amnesty over same-sex marriage occurring presently in the judicial and legislative realm is undoubtedly a well contemplated move by the historically anti-gay Republican Party, who after sensing the public’s diminishing antagonistic stance, wish to no longer isolate themselves as the opposition in a losing battle against Gay Civil Rights.
To illustrate the forward progress of the same-sex marriage movement, ABC News/NY Times conducted two polls separated by two years to examine the populous’ stance on gay unions. While in 2012 only 46 percent believed in same-sex marriage, that number as of last month has since grown to 56 percent. As history so frequently proclaims, the majority rules. On top of that, almost half of the questioned individuals declared their candidate’s stance on same-sex marriage would in no way affect their decision to endorse them either way. As challengers tend to care less, this civil rights movement gains more momentum.
As the mainstream increasingly adopts gay culture into the normal nomenclature, federal and state policy deliberately appears to be following suit. Today the four couples in Indiana wage their valiant part of the war, tomorrow in some other straggling municipality, another underdog will find the gusto to make a stand. Once designated to fall only on liberal ears, the voice of same-sex marriage is extending its formidable range to every listening ear of society, and the opposition is not only losing the battle, but decisively switching sides in the process. At an accelerating exponential rate, same-sex marriage looks like a modern milestone unarguably destined for success in the foreseeable future.
By Brandon Duringer