Today’s twin decisions from the Supreme Court represent a watershed moment in the pursuit of marriage equality. Congratulations to all who’ve supported this struggle for many years. We moved here from Cleveland, OH in 2003. I grew up in Catholic circles in Columbus, OH and Indianapolis. We did not have gay friends. At least in our circles there were not a lot of openly gay people, so we just didn’t have a lot of experience with it. Then we moved to DC where LGBT folks are ubiquitous. We got to know many gay folks, including our next door neighbors. What has struck me most in the context of a fight for marriage equality, was just how regular and average gay folk are. They want no more or no less than straight people — the right to marry whomever they wish, and to be left alone by the government. I predict that all of the states who have not yet legalized gay marriage will do so in the next 5 to 10 years. This will be so for economic reasons as much any other. The gay population is better educated and has a much higher median income that the population at large. States are not going to take a chance on having consumers with high disposable incomes move to other states that offer gay marriage. The rest of the country will get on board fairly quickly.
EGDC board member Lisa Pintner at the Supreme Court on 6/26/13