As Americans, we stand at the doorstep of an historic cultural shift. From where I sit, we are witnessing nothing short of a groundswell of support for gay marriage. This was clearly evident in a newly released video by ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explaining why she supports marriage equality.
And this reflects an ever-growing, popular acceptance of an expanded definition of marriage.
Yet there are certainly strong voices against acceptance and not just from the extremist right. In response to Argentina’s 2010 passage of gay civil marriage, the newly elected Roman Catholic Pope Francis I warned that gay marriage was “the machination of the Father of Lies.”
But many from both the political right and left as well as corporate America are supportive of an expanded definition of civil marriage. Just last week, conservative Ohio Republican senator Rob Portman announced his support of gay marriage, reportedly based on discussions with his gay son. This is significant; Portman was a co-author of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the very Act whose constitutionality is before the Supreme Court.
At the end of the month, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments regarding two important marriage-equality cases before the court. As I have discussed before, what lies in the balance is a June decision by the court on gay civil marriage in the U.S.
As I have stated before, I fully support gay marriage and it is my honor to officiate at same-sex unions. I proudly affirm the dignity and worth of gays and lesbians believing that GLBT equality is a civil right. There is never a wrong time to do the right thing.
The times they are a-changing. As Victor Hugo once said:[blockquote type=”blockquote_quotes”]Nothing can stop an idea whose time has come.[/blockquote]