As many of you might have heard, the Supreme Court has decided to hear challenges to bans on same-sex marriage from four states (Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee). That decision is huge because we’re hopefully headed toward a ruling that would once and for all settle the debate over marriage equality in the United States.
And being that bans on same-sex marriage have been overturned in almost every state where they’ve been challenged (including many very conservative states), I’m going to predict that the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage isn’t going to be what a lot of those who oppose marriage equality want to hear.
Well, while reporting on the decision by the Supreme Court to hear these cases, Fox News’ Shepard Smith had some rather unexpected comments about many of these states that continue to fight and oppose same-sex marriage.
“Not in every case, but in most cases, the same states which were fighting integration are fighting this as well,” Smith said. “Those states which always seem to be behind the curve for reasons which are explainable and understandable. Those are the places where this is going to turn out to be the most difficult.”
He also went on to more or less confirm that he believes the Supreme Court ruling is going to go badly for those who oppose gay marriage, being that many courts have ruled for “inclusion and away from discrimination.”
I must say, it’s not every day you hear something like that said on Fox News. They typically try to pretend that all of these “strongly Republican states” have been bastions for equality, acceptance and tolerance. Which, as we all know, is not at all true.
But what Smith essentially said is exactly what I’ve been saying for a while now, that many of these strongly Republican states are the same states that have been holding this nation back from progress for decades. And many of the same states that opposed ending slavery, women’s suffrage, interracial marriage or desegregation, like Smith mentioned, are the same ones that fiercely oppose same-sex marriage.
I’m almost all but certain that, just like history shows us, when the “debate” over same-sex marriage is said and done conservatives are going to be on the wrong side of history once again.
Watch the segment below via Fox News: