Well, 2013 certainly has been one for the record books. We’ve won marriage equality in so many states now we’ve almost lost count. It’s 16 now, right? Or 17? Maybe we’ll add an surprise 18th in the next day or two?
It’s been a particularly busy year for the American Foundation for Equal Rights. At the beginning of 2013, the case against Prop. 8 hadn’t yet had argument before the US Supreme Court. And while we all knew the right way for the court to rule, it was far from clear that they would actually do so.
Well, now here it is a year later: the case went to the highest court in the land; they ruled; Prop. 8 evaporated; and marriages started up again in California.
But that’s not the end of things. Now AFER’s locked in a new federal fight, this time in Virginia. The arguments and the goal are the same: use the federal courts to win a ruling that marriage equality is protected by the US Constitution. Who knows, by this time next year we may have 50 states won.