In the space of a week, the number of states allowing same-sex marriage has doubled, with Iowa and then Vermont joining Massachusetts and Connecticut. In California, gay and lesbian couples were exchanging vows for five months before voters put a stop to the practice in November. Californians are still talking it over, though, and loudly. New York and New Jersey may be next to debate the question.
But the proof that this is a serious issue warranting national discussion and emotional debates is reflected in today's Sunday New York Times:
Once the tide of civil rights begins running, like water from a dam, it flows and flows. Our time has come. Courts are only bound to follow.