Opinion

The amazing transformation toward equal rights

An editorial from The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gay marriage evidently will be legal in West Virginia, as soon as District Judge Robert C. Chambers accepts Monday’s action by the U.S. Supreme Court. It’s a stunning change — a cultural upheaval that seems unstoppable, destined to reach all 50 states.

The notion of homosexual weddings in Appalachia’s Bible Belt would have been unthinkable a few years ago. But the swift advance of “marriage equality” shows how rapidly America’s morality is evolving.

Back in the 1950s, it was a felony to be gay. The state sent homosexuals to West Virginia’s dreary stone prison at Moundsville. However, with little public notice, the state’s sex laws were revised in the 1970s and gay sex became legal in the Mountain State. By 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the nation’s last sodomy laws.

Now, gay equality is about equal access to benefits available to spouses and about respect for people in committed relationships. Equality is spreading across America…

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