Fifteen states where Gay Marriage is legal, led by Massachusetts, and 17 states where it is illegal, led by Colorado, have petitioned the Supreme Court to settle the issue once and for all.
The question is heading there anyway so why burn up all of the resources addressing the question in the lower courts?
The SCOTUS should stop hiding in the closet on this one and do what needs to be done.
How would the court rule? Good question. If it rules that bans on Gay Marriage are illegal that pretty much settles the legal question and Gay Marriage would become like abortion access with Conservatives snipping at the edges.
Unlike Abortion Access though, I see this as a rapidly dying issue as time goes on.
If it rules that Gay Marriage bans are constitutional, the fight will continue at the state level with supporters trying to overturn existing bans and opponents trying to re-institute bans in the states where it is now legal.
In other words, things would be even worse than they are now.
We're talking about less than 2% of the population here. I don't see how legalizing Gay Marriage across the board can cause any harm. I can see a lot of harm in wasted resources if the court doesn't legalize it.
Besides, it's the right thing to do, so let's legalize it and move on.