Roback Morse Admits Marriage Equality a Reality Next Year

Jennifer Roback Morse of the NOM-affiliated Ruth Institute appears to have given up in her battle to prevent equality for gay and lesbian couples. In a recent speech, she said, “I’m just gonna go on the record here and forecast, by this time next year, it’ll be over as a legal matter. There will be same-sex, genderless marriage in every state.”

I agree, Jennifer. Glad you’ve finally come to terms with reality. I did a presentation with my friend Dan Ray last week reviewing the recently completed Supreme Court term and at the end we both predicted that the Supreme Court would accept several of the state appeals of lower court rulings overturning their bans on same-sex marriage and at the end of June, 2015, they will issue a ruling overturning all such state laws. As Dan said, this is Kennedy’s legacy and he knows it. This will be what he is remembered for long after he’s dead. The same way Thurgood Marshall is known for helping end official racial discrimination and ushering in the civil rights movement, Justice Anthony Kennedy will be remembered as the justice who brought LGBT equality to America.

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  • D. C. Sessions

    Justice Anthony Kennedy will be remembered as the justice who brought LGBT equality to America.

    I sometimes wonder whether he thinks that is a good thing.

    Strangely enough, I would think more of him to know that the very thought galls him.

  • http://www.holytape.etsy.com holytape

    And that is how America ended. This time next year we’ll be speaking Russian. Not the good gay hating Putin Russian, but the Obama loving communist Russian.

  • Kevin Kehres

    @2…drat…and I’ve been learning to speak Muslim. Because everyone knows Obama’s a Muslim and therefore we will be speaking Muslim when he surrenders to ISIS.

  • Kevin Kehres

    Of course you know what this means … decades of fund-raising success for right-wing groups dedicated to overturning an “activist judge legislating from the bench”.

    It’s a gold mine for the right wing. Gold.

  • illdoittomorrow

    Jennifer Roback Morse: “[…]There will be same-sex, genderless marriage in every state.”

    Kind of OT, but the way she phrased this almost kind of suggests she understands there’s a difference between sex and gender. To bad she’s not up to speed on the whole equality thing.

  • Doug Little

    Wow, just a couple of years ago I was predicting 2018 and now it could happen next year. Woooohooooo I’ll get to see many of my friends finally able to tie the knot with their significant other. Tux’s, open bars and 80’s DJ’s are in my future.

  • Doug Little

    @2…drat…and I’ve been learning to speak Muslim. Because everyone knows Obama’s a Muslim and therefore we will be speaking Muslim when he surrenders to ISIS.

    Whoah there, so my Spanish lessons are all for naught, I thought because the southern border is wide open with Obama giving a big invite to all the illegals that Spanish would be the best option.

  • eric

    @4:

    decades of fund-raising success for right-wing groups dedicated to overturning an “activist judge legislating from the bench”.

    I’m a bit more optimistic. I think the GOP will get mileage out of it for the 2016 Presidential race, but by the 2020 race it’ll be relatively dead or at least “closed-room-only” issue. I’ll predict that by 2020, no Republican candidate who really has a shot at the white house will want to be on record saying that they want to repeal same sex marriage. Not even in the primary race, because of the blowback it will produce in the general election. They may do a Romney “1%er” and say it when they don’t think any press is in the room, but that’ll be it.

  • http://anexerciseinfutility.blogspot.com tommykey

    So I guess it is only a matter of time before the US becomes a country that is gay, Spanish speaking, atheist country controlled by Muslims, or something like that, as per Newt Gingrich.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    Ah ha! We’ve got you all fooled! By this time next year you won’t be speaking Russian, Muslim, or Spanish, but Canadian, eh! A year after that, once you’ve acclimatized to the snow we’ll be exporting, you’ll wonder what all that darned fuss was aboot, eh.

  • John Pieret

    Don’t be surprised if Roberts joins the majority as well. It may be Kennedy’s legacy but it will also be the legacy of the “Roberts Court.”

  • cptdoom

    Of course you know what this means … decades of fund-raising success for right-wing groups dedicated to overturning an “activist judge legislating from the bench”. It’s a gold mine for the right wing. Gold.

    Well, they may actually think that, but I have a feeling they’ll be proven wrong. It was quite clear that this year’s “Second Annual March for Marriage,” sponsored by NOM was supposed to be the next “March for Life.” There are many on the Right who will jump at the chance to use same-sex marriages, and the poor Christians “forced” to make money by providing them products, to fundraise and maintain the myth of “Christian persecution,” not to mention building and maintaining their political coalition, just like they’ve done with abortion, but will it work?

    The big differences between marriage and abortion is that you celebrate the former but not the latter, and abortion is a one-time event (or at least one at a time). You don’t live your abortion publicly every day, but you do present yourself as married on a regular basis and we have seen in jurisdiction after jurisdiction with marriage equality that, once the population becomes used to the idea, the controversy dies. Perhaps that’s why thousands still infest DC every January for the “don’t kill the babies” march, but a piddling few hundred, far fewer than just a year before, showed up for the second NOM hate-fest.

  • Chiroptera

    “I’m just gonna go on the record here and forecast, by this time next year, it’ll be over as a legal matter. There will be same-sex, genderless marriage in every state.”

    “But, like the Japanese in 1944, we can still do a lot of damage in the meantime.”

  • D. C. Sessions

    Don’t be surprised if Roberts joins the majority as well.

    He very often does. Not many 5-4 decisions with Team Republican in the minority, because Roberts will often join the majority if only to assign the decision writing to himself — something he does to minimize the impact of decisions he doesn’t like and, sometimes at least, so slip in dicta that he later cites as precedential in landmark cases.