Perhaps 'GOP Progress' is an ambitious thought, but some of them art trying. And not just the famed Log Cabin Republicans.
MSNBC's Thomas Roberts chaired a roundtable hosting the lawyer-team authors of their book, Redeeming the Dream, excerpt here, based on the historic Prop8-Hate victory in Laffy Land, California pulled ahead of the Mormons and the millions and got this SCROTUS to agree to an evolved view.
Rob Reiner and wife Michele were involved from the outset, if you aren't familiar with the origins of the case. An historic lunch at the Polo Lounge with the legal dream team, Theodore Olson and David Boies, was lushly described in the book excerpt.
Thus, at the time of their Polo Lounge lunch, Rob and Michele Reiner and their colleagues were convinced that Proposition 8 would survive a procedural challenge under the California constitution and that the only hope for marriage equality in California was a federal constitutional case. They were also concerned that such a suit was inevitable, given the tens of thousands of gay Californians who yearned to be married. But they were worried that such a case would be brought by a lawyer inexperienced, unprepared, or otherwise ill-equipped for bringing a case that might well go to the Supreme Court of the United States.
No small feat. Clarence Thomas and Scalia alone must have had air sickness bags under their robes, 'cuz you know they weren't exactly cheering for all 'the gays' marrying 'the other gays'. This SCROTUS should be benched in Houston.
Tony Perkins and Teabagger paranoia aside, the GOP has to be freaking OUT about the number of states on the map of the country lit up with Gay Marriage Permission Lights. Isn't it the best when a new state joins in?
When Vermont legalized same-sex marriage I happened to be on an overnight in Burlington with my best gal pal, and the Inn staff was SO up for celebrating along with … they just assumed we were a psyched couple. (We've gotten that since a wildly fun Provincetown, Cape Cod trip 20 years ago, so it was a rather proud moment.)
It's a mighty fine summer for the LGBT community, and I hope they just rub it in the faces of their Regressive detractors with as much rainbowed-up bunting as possible.
Hate is on notice in this nation, GOP.Tea.