The Supreme Court declared abortion rights the law of the entire land in 1973 and we've had 40 years of ranker, lawsuits, killings and right wing state legislatures continually trying to find new ways to make an end run around the ruling; all to end abortion rights.
It's been a nightmare. So far they haven't succeeded but they chip away at Roe v Wade and seemingly may never give up. That's one culture war that is nowhere near its end.
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While it may take 10 more years for gay marriage to become the law of the entire land, the ray of hope in it is that when this civil rights battle gets over the gay marriage culture war will really be over.
The writing is on the wall. Large corporations like Nordstrom, J. Crew and Tiffany have already invested heavily in marketing and selling to same sex couples seeking gay marriage. Since money leads the way in a capitalist society, the money is pointing to eventual full equality.
55 percent of Americans already think that gay marriage should be legal according to a recent pole. The anti-gay marriage movement is loosing. These groups, all fundamentalist by nature and mostly evangelical Christians, won't give up easily. But they will loose.
I can't help but wonder what these alleged followers of Jesus will focus their hatred and bigotry on once the gay issue has vanished. I wish they'd ask themselves this very good question: "What would Jesus do?" and then follow his advise. There would be a lot less divisiveness, hatred and greed in the world if they did.
Larry Cappel is a trained relationship coach and a licensed marriage and family therapist. He can be reached through his website if you'd like to talk about any aspect of your relationship.
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