Postedon Aug 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm
"Often courts will make decisions that are predictors of what public opinion is going to be a few years from now," says Brian Powell, an Indiana University sociology professor.
"Public attitudes don't change really quickly, but this [the freedom to marry] is one that's changing really, really quickly," Powell said.
Postedon Aug 16, 2010 at 12:30 pm
Christian Bentzen: "Conservatives have a somewhat questionable history with regard civil rights, a trend that has roots in the south and continued on with Barry Goldwater who infamously opposed the Civil Rights Act as unconstitutional. The consequence of their reaction to the recent [Prop 8] ruling is that conservatives may be planting the seeds of their own demise (as the polls have indicated) and find themselves on the wrong side of civil rights history."
Postedon Aug 16, 2010 at 07:30 am
Michael Klarman: Judicial opinions on cultural issues usually reflect settled shifts in public attitudes. What does this mean for the fate of the freedom to marry in the Supreme Court?
Postedon Aug 09, 2010 at 04:30 pm
At another time, the ruling overturning California's ban on marriage equality might have been the political equivalent of an earthquake.
Instead, the relatively restrained response underscores both the singular economic focus of this year's elections and the shifting politics of one of the country's major social issues.
Postedon Aug 09, 2010 at 12:04 pm
Sunday was a stormy day across Florida, blinding rain and slippery roads - a perfect day to stay home. But we didn't. Nor did the nearly 200 folks who came out to the "Celebrate Our Families" events in Tampa and Orlando.
Postedon Jun 24, 2010 at 02:30 pm
The freedom to marry is a generational issue for several reasons, as the Newsweek correspondent and blogger Katie Connolly points out.
Obviously being from one generation or another does not prevent someone from supporting equality, but the trend is worth noting.
Postedon Jun 14, 2010 at 01:10 pm
Frank Rich discusses the Prop 8 trial in California: "Gays are far from the only Americans still facing discrimination, but as [David] Boies said when I interviewed him about the Prop 8 case last week, the ban on the freedom to marry 'is the last area in which the state is taking an active role in enforcing discrimination.'”