Gay Marriage: The New Roe v. Wade? by Chris Frates

 

Wed June 26, 2013

Today’s Supreme Court decision overturning the Defense of Marriage Act is a milestone in the gay rights movement, as important as the Stonewall riots that started it all.

But landmark court decisions rarely mark the end of political fights, particularly on divisive social issues. Roe v. Wade was decided 40 years ago, but the fight over how to regulate abortion still rages today in Washington and state capitols across the country.

And just this week, the court ripped out the heart of the Voting Rights Act, passed in 1965 to prevent racial discrimination in the voting booth, essentially ruling that its protections were no longer necessary.

So while gay marriage opponents may view today’s court ruling as the beginning of the end, it is really only the end of the beginning.

Chris Frates
cfrates@nationaljournal.com

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