After a federal judge in San Antonio ruled this week that the Texas constitution’s definition of marriage as being between one man and one women was federally unconstitutional, it’s increasingly evident that marriage discrimination against gays is in an indefinite decline. It was probably a grave blow to the religiously intolerant.
The presumptive Republican nominee for governor, Gregg Abbott, made only a mild remark that as the state’s attorney general, he intends to appeal the ruling but feels “there are good, well-meaning people on both sides.” Wendy Davis, the leading candidate on the Democratic ticket for governor, wholly embraces same-sex marriage. I don’t anticipate her making a great issue of it in the general election but will likelier bring a broader focus on civil liberties. The fact that a mainstream candidate for state-wide office can stake out that position signals how far we’ve advanced and still have to go.Image credit: griepp, with a Creative Commons license