(Salon) -- There’s something inexorable about cultural momentum; it doesn’t gather easily, but when it does, it’s difficult to stop. The decision today to legalize same-sex marriage did not happen suddenly or by accident; it’s the result of a decades-long battle. But it signals what most of us have long known: the country has changed.
Politics reflects culture, not the other way around. Once public opinion began to shift on LGBT rights, it was a matter of time before the courts and the law followed suit – such is the nature of democracy. The GOP, however, has yet to accept this new reality; they’ve yet to notice that the culture war is over – and they lost.
As soon as the Supreme Court announced their decision, Republicans resisted. Mike Huckabee said: “I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. We must reject judicial tyranny, not retreat.” The always-deplorable Bobby Jindal also took an immediate and tone-deaf stand against equality: ”Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that.”
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