Barring a new petition drive by supporters of traditional marriage, the battle over same-sex wedlock may be finished in Massachusetts. But today's vote on Beacon Hill is a political grenade waiting to detonate elsewhere. It is only a matter of time before a same-sex couple married in Massachusetts finds a federal judge prepared to rule that under the US Constitution, their marriage license must be granted ''full faith and credit'' by every other state. Same-sex marriage will be the law of the land.
Only a federal marriage amendment can keep that from happening. Today's vote may have settled the issue in Massachusetts. It has unsettled it everywhere else.
For once, Jeff Jacoby is right. It is inevitable. We are eventually going to have marriage equality throughout this entire country. When it happens, the sky won't fall - and Team Homophobia still won't have the votes for a federal marriage amendment. We're going to win, the writing is on the wall. We're going to win, whether Jeff Jacoby types like it or not. The future is a better America, where equality is an absolute reality.
At this point, I'm reminded of Governor Patrick's call to join with people on the other side... and let this issue be over. He told us to essentially mend fences, and he's right. That's why I'm only allowing myself to gloat for 12 more minutes (till midnight) before following his advice. After today, we have more work to do.