Though the U.S. Supreme Court declared a key piece of the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional this week, and in a related case cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California, the court passed on the opportunity to decide whether same-sex couples enjoy a constitutional right to marry. We wish the court had shown more nerve, but we’re confident it’s only a matter of time before all Americans enjoy equal marriage rights.
Unfortunately until then, Texas and more than 30 other states can continue to ban same-sex marriages. Still, Wednesday’s rulings should be celebrated. They represent two steps forward on America’s long journey toward equal rights for everyone and could encourage a few states to reconsider their discriminatory stances on gay marriage.
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