On New Year's Day this year, I came out on social media. I think that years of segregation and lynch law, followed by the slow and costly struggle of African Americans for civil rights, transformed this country and the planet.
Wolfson studied Loving v. After a clerk refused to give them marriage licenses, the couples hired a straight local attorney, Dan Foley, to file a lawsuit against the state. When the rulings came down -- one dismissing a legal challenge to same-sex marriage in California, the other giving same-sex couples nationwide economic and legal rights they had been denied under the Defense of Marriage Act, Kushner said he felt history shift a little, in a way that reaffirmed his faith in the ultimately humanizing power of democracy.
How did we get to where we are?
Obviously, he told them, marriage was for people of the opposite sex; it was silly to think otherwise. It was happiness that he felt, Wolfson knew—a profound, national joy, one echoed by celebrating crowds on the steps of the Court, by millions of people on Facebook, by the president of the United States.
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