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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Enjoy Living in History as It Happens

Posted by on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 11:32 AM

This Politico story puts some perspective on the amazing things happening around us politically.

When historians write the story of America’s cultural revolution on gay marriage, March of 2013 may well get its own chapter — the month when the political balance on this issue shifted unmistakably from risky to safe.

But historians will surely also note that this was a movement in which the politicians, for the most part, were mere passengers along for the ride. With very few exceptions, elected officials remain profiles in caution and calculation, while activists and courts are the real engines of change.

It's not often that you can tell that you're living in a moment that will be historically important. It's even rarer when that obvious historical moment is a change for the better. This is one of those moments.


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michaelp 7
Honestly, Paul, the onslaught of data pointing to Americans as a whole supporting equality is leading me to think that the Prop 8 and Windsor opinions will end up being 6-3, with CJ Roberts joining the majority (I still think that Kennedy will author the opinions). If Roberts is anything, it is aware of the historical importance of the work that he is doing, and his place in history.

Honestly, Citizens United wasn't really that big of a case. A lot of the cases that SCOTUS has had 5-4 conservative rulings on are things that are worthy of scolding, but will be looked upon as blips in history.

These two decisions will be remembered long after the justices are all dead, and I think Roberts knows that. I think he also prefers to be associated with a Loving v. Virginia style decision than a Dred Scott decision.
Posted by michaelp on March 21, 2013 at 2:36 PM · Report this
Say what you will about activist judges and the judiciary versus the elected legislators and executives, but people don't have to be millionaires to become judges.

Posted by K on March 21, 2013 at 1:12 PM · Report this
Politicians are always last to get on board. The real work of activism is moving ideas from the fringe to the center, where elected officials can safely endorse them.
Posted by Proteus on March 21, 2013 at 12:21 PM · Report this
bgk 4
@chaseacross If Jesus comes back, he'll probably get super booked for gay weddings.
Posted by bgk on March 21, 2013 at 12:14 PM · Report this
chaseacross 3
Hey, hey, what happens if Jesus comes back this year? In that case I'd be the first to admit that all my librul meddling was a mistake, as I roasted in the lake of fire. Of course, if Zorp comes back first and we all burn alive in the fires of his volcano mouth, I'll say it was all life and activism well-spent.
Posted by chaseacross on March 21, 2013 at 12:05 PM · Report this
bgk 2
Dr. Martin Luther King said "The Arc of History is Long, but it bends toward justice."

This past November, we put a notch into the arc of history. The US will have Same-Sex Marriage, said 3 states at the same time; and MN said they will not change their constitution to prohibit us.
Posted by bgk on March 21, 2013 at 11:58 AM · Report this
A politician's job is to jump in front of a parade and pretend to be leading it.
Posted by pox on March 21, 2013 at 11:49 AM · Report this

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