With tides ebbing clearly in one direction (at speeds reminiscent of glaciers), public opinion around the U.S. has swung dramatically in overall favor for gay marriage and, ultimately, equality in such matters. In Ohio, a major movement is under way to place a referendum before voters in November.
This week's widely publicized trip to the Supreme Court highlights a civil rights struggle that has been fomenting - less and less privately - for decades. Here's at least one local data point to etch out the magnitude of the legal, legislative and popular decisions to come:
According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 19,684 same-sex couples are living in Ohio, representing 4.3 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.
Justices this morning will likely issue opinions on Proposition 8, a California ballot initiative that relegated "marriage" to only a man and a woman. According to SCOTUSblog, it is unlikely that this issue will be upheld:
Breaking: 1st update- #prop8 unlikely to be upheld; either struck down or #scotus won’t decide case. More in 30 mins.
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) March 26, 2013
Tomorrow, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is on the table. This 1996 law also serves to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
@scotusblog will tweet real-time updates during #scotus #ssm arguments both Tues (#prop8) & Wed (#doma) morning.
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) March 25, 2013