Gay Pride parades and other celebrations are happening all around the US this weekend. They're an annual event, but last week's US Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage have added to the enthusiasm.
Gay Pride festivities have been in the works around the world for months. But those taking part in this weekend’s parades and other activities in the United States have extra reason to celebrate, thanks to the US Supreme Court.
As it ended its 2013 term, the high court knocked down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and effectively did the same to California’s Prop. 8 ban on same-sex marriage.
While 35 states still define “marriage” as the legal union of one man and one woman (either by statute or in state constitutions), the rulings immediately increased the percentage of Americans living in gay-marriage states from 18 percent to 30 percent.
That’s led many analysts and legal experts – including Associate Justice Antonin Scalia in his sharp dissent in the DOMA case – to conclude that it’s only a matter of time until same-sex marriage is legally recognized nationwide. Public opinion polls are pushing US society and politics in that direction as well.
On Sunday, gay pride celebrations were scheduled in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Seattle, St. Louis, and many other cities and towns.