True story; this afternoon, Bruder and I got into a discussion about gay marriage. I don’t recall how we got there, but that’s not important.
Basically, we were bantering about which state would be the last to allow same-sex marriage. We were, naturally, ragging on the Southern states, particularly Mississippi and Alabama. Bruder lives in Alabama, so I joked that his state would certainly be a hold-out (though he hadn’t seen this, which makes me think that neither state is as bad as we might think they are; true to form, the politicians are saying something that might not be entirely in line with what the people think).
Here’s where it gets interesting; I brought up the idea that it’s probably going to be Utah that falls last. I mean, because, Mormons. They were the huge money behind California’s Prop 8 fight and the primary driver of Utah’s constitutional ban on gay marriage; they’ve got a dog in this fight, and it’s a well-funded, influential pooch, to be sure.
Well, IMAGINE my surprise when I was flipping through my facebook feed during the endless stream of commercials before the previews before The Hobbit* to find THIS!
Then, after the movie, I find an article which states that the judge in the case is refusing to consider an appeal for at least a few days (and, considering that Christmas is Wednesday, I’m wondering if it’s even going to be heard before the new year). THEN, I hear that the mayor of Salt Lake City is going to stay in the office as long as there are people wishing to be married (he’s in for a LONG night). THEN, I heard that a state senator came out publicly AND married his partner, all in the span of this afternoon.
All bets are off, You Guys; I’m thinking that 2014 might just be the year that all the constitutional amendments against same-sex marriage are going to be struck down.
*I enjoyed the film, but don’t even get me started about the commercials; the inane drivel that one has to sit through in a movie theatre is a post for another time.