Abdul At Large
Indiana Needs to Give Up the Fight Over Same-Sex Marriage
There are two important dates I am keeping on my calendar, August 26 and September 5.
September 5th will mark my fifth wedding anniversary to the Lovely Mrs. Shabazz. (Please note all presents have been purchased and evening plans put in place). And August 26th is the day the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments as to whether Indiana's law banning same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution.
If you take a look around the country with the marriage equality issue, opponents of same-sex marriage haven’t been faring too well.
According to Freedom to Marry, since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act last June, supporters of marriage equality have chalked up 38 wins. Twenty-two rulings have been issued in federal court, thirteen have been issued in state court, and three have been issued by a federal appellate court. To the best of my knowledge, only one court has upheld a state’s ban on same-sex marriage and that was a Tennessee state judge.
If you oppose same-sex marriage that’s not a legal track record to be proud of.
I fully understand and support a state’s right to defend its laws. However, with the way things have gone as of late, it might be best to take a page out of the Chicago Cubs playbook and accept the inevitability of defeat and hope for better luck next year. Of course with the way this issue has been polling over the past few years, that might not a good idea either.
Or better yet, just go ahead and legalize same-sex marriage so those couples can be just as happy as my wife will be in a couple of weeks.