Two recent developments may foreshadow a U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality. At the very least, there’s more evidence that we’ll have an answer by June.
1. U.S. judge orders Alabama officials to issue marriage licenses to gay couples
Alabama federal court judge Callie V. S. Granade ruled today that the probate judge in Mobile County, Don Davis, must issue licenses to gay couples wishing to marry in accordance with her ruling that the state ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional. The decision read, “Judge Davis may not deny them a license on the ground that Plaintiffs constitute same-sex couples or because it is prohibited by the sanctity of marriage.” Judge Granade’s ruling was meant to clear up confusion in Alabama, caused when Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy S. Moore issued a conflicting order. The New York Times has the story.
2. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says Americans are ready for gay marriage
In a Wednesday interview with Bloomberg, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she believes “it would not take a large adjustment” for Americans to accept that gay marriage is a constitutional right. She finished the interview by saying the court will issue a decision before they leave Washington, D.C., in June.
“The change in people’s attitudes on that issue has been enormous,” Ginsburg said. “In recent years, people have said, ‘This is the way I am.’ And others looked around, and we discovered it’s our next-door neighbor — we’re very fond of them. Or it’s our child’s best friend, or even our child. I think that as more and more people came out and said that ‘this is who I am,’ the rest of us recognized that they are one of us.” Bloomberg has the story.