Significant news on the campaign for gay rights this week.
The New York Times broke the story about dozens of prominent Republicans signing a legal brief arguing that gay people have a constitutional right to marry.
It will be submitted to the Supreme Court in support of a lawsuit seeking to strike down Proposition 8 in California, a vote to ban same sex marriage in the state — and also referred to by its opposition as Proposition Hate.
Perhaps former House Representative from Ohio, Deborah Pryce, put it best when quoted by NYT.
“Like a lot of the country, my views have evolved on this from the first day I set foot in Congress. I think it’s just the right thing, and I think it’s on solid legal footing, too,” she said.
Eight states now allow same-sex marriage: Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Washington and Vermont.
Ohio does not.
But that could change, if the group Freedom to Marry is successful in obtaining the 400,000 signatures needed to place a state constitutional amendment on the ballot to change the 2004 initiative that passed with 60 percent support to ban same-sex marriage in Ohio.
Meanwhile, and this has been floating around for awhile, but the blunder of a FOX News columnist in posting file art of a lesbian couple dressed as bride and groom on top of the Empire State Building as an illustration of traditional marriage, really makes me giggle.
Giggle really hard.
Because the columnist's demonization of feminism, her continuous rants about the emasculation of men, her push for "traditional" marriage and women in "women's" roles and men in "men's" roles, is ridiculous.
I giggle because it's easier than getting angry.
I don't expect the ways people think about the world to change overnight. But I do expect people to be critical thinkers. To reason and debate and talk, and make informed decisions if they decide to change their minds.
It seems like that's what's finally happening with gay rights, in an almost tumbling manner, like a snowflake that starts an avalanche.
If the Freedom to Marry initiative makes the Ohio ballot, our state is sure to be the center of national attention. Again. During an election.
I can't wait.