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  •  But, legal recognition didn't begin until Mass. (0+ / 0-)

    The Hawaii ruling was a start, but I don't think it marks the beginning of the timeline simply because it did not result in any legally recognized same sex marriages.  

    The Massachusetts ruling was a watershed moment because it meant that same sex couples could begin exercising their right to marry, in much the same way that the 1948 California ruling unequivocally gave legal recognition to interracial marriages.  And it follows historical trends where the judiciary is way ahead of the electorate.  That's why I made the point that civil rights are rarely advanced by referendum.  

    Social attitudes, particularly among older age groups (who also happened to vote more), are always a laggard.  According to the Wikipedia entry, 90+% of white Americans still opposed interracial marriage in a 1958 Gallup poll -- a full decade after California's anti-miscegenation laws were struck down and after other state legislatures and courts had begun overturning their own anti-miscegenation laws.  

    So, the American public is actually embracing marriage equality more rapidly than they did interracial marriage.  Marriage equality will happen, it's only a matter of when.

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