Law professor Andrew Koppelman of Northwestern is quoted this morning in The New York Times as saying the following:
It is becoming increasingly clear to judges that if they rule against same-sex marriage their grandchildren will regard them as bigots.
The gist of The New York Times article as a whole is that the momentum in the courts and in public opinion is putting enormous pressure on the Supreme Court to rule yeah or nay on gay marriage for the whole country. Is civic gay marriage between two consenting adults who pay taxes a matter of equal protection of the laws or not? The Supremes are being put in an existential situation where they’ll have to get off the fence and declare themselves outright.
So many millenia of violence and bigotry against gays and lesbians is being broken down before our very eyes, in our generation. It gets better, and is getting better.
The best book, by the way, on the history of homosexuality–at least in my view–is by Louis Crompton. It’s titled Homosexuality and Civilization (Harvard 2003).
Crompton’s other book on homosexuality focuses on homophobia in Victorian England:
Gay equality is the civil rights movement of our time. Whose side are you on and why?