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.”
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.