During Wednesday’s oral arguments on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, Chief Justice John Roberts noted the remarkable speed at which political figures have reversed their positions on same-sex marriage.
“As far as I can tell, political figures are falling over themselves to endorse your side of the case,” Roberts told Roberta Kaplan, the plaintiff’s attorney bringing forth the case against the 1996 law.
In just a few days, six Democratic senators have declared a change of heart on marriage equality. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) on Wednesday became the latest lawmaker to proclaim that “we should not tell people who they can love, or who they can marry. It’s time to move forward with this issue.”
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