The Supreme Court and Parenting Equality

Follow the above link to see today’s New York Times article, “Lawyers Seek Sea Change on Gay Rights at Supreme Court”.

The article draws parallels between “marriage equality” and the movement against interracial marriage (miscegenation) bans in various US states.  One of the most important aspects of this parallel is the rapidity of change in people’s attitudes on marriage equality as compared to the anti-miscegenation struggle.

In 2006 only 36% in the U.S. supported gay marriage whereas in 2015 61% do so.  The change in attitudes toward miscegenation took at least three times as long.Chief Justice Earl Warren in 1967 was expressing a minority opinion in the U.S. when he stated:

“The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men.”

Hopefully, within the next few years, we will hear Chief Justice Roberts make the same statement in regard to access to ones children.


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