The ‘inevitability’ of marriage equality

THE ‘INEVITABILITY’ OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY…. President Obama has acknowledged quite a few times in recent months that his views on same-sex marriage are “evolving.”

This morning, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos followed up on the issue with Vice President Biden. (via TPM)

The vice president agreed with Obama’s comments that his position on gay marriage is “evolving.” Biden said there is an “inevitability for a national consensus on gay marriage.”

“I think the country’s evolving. And I think you’re going to see, you know, the next effort is probably going to be to deal with so called DOMA [Defense of Marriage Act],” he said.

The use of the word “inevitably” probably scares the hell out of anti-gay activists, and it should. As the arc of history continues to bend toward justice, we see a growing number of Americans — by some measures, a majority — who believe two consenting adults should be legally permitted to get married if they want to. It’s exceptionally unlikely that trend will reverse — that’s just not how civil-rights trajectories ever move. Society becomes less prejudiced, less hateful, and less bigoted over time.

We’ll never get to 100%. I suspect there’s probably still a tiny percentage of the population that still opposes people of different races or different religions from marrying, too. But to use Biden’s words, we’re moving towards a “consensus” that’s “inevitable.”

And there’s not much the right can do about it.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.