Issues such as gay marriage should be decided by legislatures, but it's obvious that we're not headed that way. Connecticut has become the third state to say that same-sex partners are entitled to all the benefits of traditional marriage, including the title, and all three were court decrees. Furthermore:
If California voters on Election Day were to overturn the state's historic May 2008 ruling sanctioning same-sex marriage, it would stall political momentum for same-sex marriage rights in the states, political experts say.
Florida and Arizona voters also will decide on Nov. 4 whether to amend their state constitutions to limit marriage to one man and one woman - essentially ensuring a permanent ban on gay marriage unless voters go back to the polls to repeal it.
I've been saying for a while now that the U.S. Supreme Court will eventually decide to take this up because of the Constitution's full faith and credit clause. I think we're only one state or two away from that tipping point.