Marriage ruling is first step toward equal rights

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — An issue that has been contentious in West Virginia and many other states took a dramatic shift last week when same-sex couples in the Mountain State were allowed to receive marriage licenses and wed.

While opponents of gay marriage hold out hope that legal developments in other states may bring a reversal in the spread of the number of states allowing same-sex couples to marry, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to stay out of the fray last week suggests that their hopes may not be warranted.

Meanwhile, it seems appropriate to heed Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s call for West Virginians to treat each other with dignity and respect. It also seems appropriate for the state to take up other issues related to equality for people of all sexual orientations…

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