Color me surprised at the judge’s decision disallowing the state’s ban on Same Sex Marriage.
Now, I realize this is by judicial fiat and not an action of the legislature but it’s Utah. Speaking as a political animal, Utah is one of the reddest states in the country. I thought they’d be one of the last to go - if they did. But if Utah can recognize SSM - or at least see them allowed by a judge - how long before all 50 states and various possessions legalize or otherwise allow same sex marriage?
I’m going to make some assumptions, here. Congress will not pass a law allowing SSM across the country. They’ll dodge and leave it to the states, where it sort of belongs in the first place. But will those states as a whole bring SSM to the table before the various courts - including SCOTUS - impose it.
Hell, even my own South Carolina, reddest state east of the Mississippi pretty much (too small for a nation, too large for a lunatic asylum), is leaning that way. A recent Winthrop poll place the South Carolina public’s opposition to SSM at only 52%. Less than 10 years ago a state amendment passed banning SSM 78-22! That’s a 26% swing in just a few years.
So what’s the end game? Will SCOTUS - in a year or two - just say ‘to hell with it’ and incorporate a right to SSM into existing constitutional law? Or will the states continue to fall, one by one?