Moments ago, the United States Supreme Court announced it will hear the California Proposition 8 case that has the potential not only to reinstitute marriage equality in California, but also to legalize marriage equality all across America, including in New Jersey. The Court also announced that it will hear a case involving the constitutionality of much of the Defense of Marriage Act.
We are simultanously stunned and jubilant. The conventional wisdom was that the U.S. Supreme Court would take the safe and somewhat progressive route of not taking the Proposition 8 case, which would have restored marriage equality to California.
This is one of the highest stakes developments in the civil rights history of our nation. The United States Supreme Court may now legalize marriage equality throughout the land, or rule against us, including against restoring marriage equality in California.
Let the Court understand just as it did scores of years ago: Our nation cannot stand divided against itself. After November’s elections, nine states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex couples to marry. In some states, LGBT people are equal. In other states, such as New Jersey, we are not.
The promise of our lives and the premise of America now rests in the hands of nine. May God grant them the courage to rule in accordance with our foremothers’ and forefathers’ vision of a nation built on liberty and justice for all.