Lisa Keen looks at the three paths the US Supreme Court might take on Prop 8 and DOMA over at Queerty.
When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down bans on interracial marriage in Loving v. Virginia in 1967, reality changed overnight for thousands of couples. Suddenly, Mildred and Richard Loving and their children could live in their home state of Virginia. They could receive the same benefits and rights as other married couples. And other interracial couples could apply for marriage licenses without fear of rejection or being arrested in the middle of the night. Their marriages would enjoy the same societal stamp of approval as all others.
Within ten years of the Loving decision, the number of interracial couples with marriage licenses more than doubled -from 51,000 in the 1960 census and 65,000 in 1970 to 121,000 by 1980 and 213,000 by 1990. The Supreme Court’s ruling this month in two high-profile marriage cases involving same-sex couples could change legal and social landscape for the LGBT community, too. Or not.
Whatever the decision is, it’s likely to come down between June 10th and June 24th. It’s hard to believe it’s finally almost here, after 5 years of waiting.