The Supreme Court vs. the Court of Public Opinion

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson writes that he hopes the court's rulings in the same-sex marriage cases don't impede the progress that the majority of Americans want.

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A supporter of same-sex marriage outside the Supreme Court (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

In his column for the Washington Post, Eugene Robinson writes of his hopes that the U.S. Supreme Court will not halt the country's rapid movement toward acceptance of same-sex marriage.

The two big cases being argued before the court this week could turn out to be landmarks that confirm the nation’s progress toward marriage equality -- or speed bumps that impede it. Either way, the destination is clear: Nearly 60 percent of Americans approve of gay marriage, according to a Post-ABC News poll, including 80 percent of adults under 30. That looks like less a question than a decision.

You'd think the justices would have these numbers in mind as they consider Proposition 8, the voter initiative that revoked gay-marriage rights in California, and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prohibits federal recognition of legally performed same-sex unions. But the conservative wing of the court has no great respect for public opinion. You may recall that residents of the District of Columbia overwhelmingly supported a handgun ban that the court blithely overturned ...

Even a double defeat for the forces of fairness and inclusion is conceivable, although such a result would be so illogical that even this court, the most activist in decades, probably couldn’t manage it with a straight face.

Read Eugene Robinson's entire piece at the Washington Post.

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