Not Yet Over the Rainbow, or the Unexpected Vigor of Intransigence

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By Frank Bua
February 25, 2015

As the LGBT community waits for the Supreme Court to hear, and ultimately decide, the four same-sex marriage cases currently on its docket, there is a rising sense of optimism about the expected outcome. Even Justice Thomas — as evidenced by his recent “[this] may well be seen as a signal of the court’s intended resolution” dissent in the 7-2 SCOTUS decision to allow gay marriage to precede in Alabama — appears to be jumping on the bandwagon of inevitability.

While the recognition is welcome, there is no need to congratulate John Roberts and Co. after the Supreme Court issues its decision in late June because they are not leading the charge. Rather, they are facilitating a transition in society that is already happening but not yet complete. Progress isn’t the same as the end zone — and even gays know you don’t call for a pass on the one-yard line at second down.

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