Let's be clear, we won. We are winning both in the courts and in the arena of public opinion. This isn't a case of activist judges rejecting the will of the majority. If anything, the judiciary is behind the curve of public opinion where recent polling shows support for same-sex marriage now at 60% nationally, and even higher in states (now at 36) that already have marriage equality. Even a majority of Republican primary voters in New Hampshire and South Carolina said opposing gay marriage is either mostly or totally unacceptable.
If you've lost South Carolina Republicans, you've lost. But that hasn't stopped the nonsense.
In Kansas Governor Brownback took time off from destroying his state's economy with Tea Party economics to sign an executive order eliminating employment protections for LGBT workers.
In Arkansas the legislature passed a bill that would prohibit any local municipalities from enacting laws to protect LGBT rights.
In Oklahoma where some lawmakers believe gay marriage is a bigger threat than terrorism, they have drafted a bill that would demand the firing of clerks who follow court rulings and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
A State Supreme Court Justice in Alabama is threatening to end all marriages if same-sex marriages are allowed.
And in Georgia, Arizona, Virginia, and even places like liberal Washington State, efforts are underway to allow businesses to discriminate against homosexuals for religious reasons.
This list is by no means comprehensive and I certainly don't think the worst of it will survive constitutional scrutiny. But it clearly illustrates that hate, not reason is the driving motivation of gay rights opponents and, on the upside, it will provide a lot of work for attorneys (and blogging material for me) long after the expected victory for marriage equality this coming June.
Gay is the new black.