May 17th, 2004

me at star

The waiting is over; the honeymoons start

Fifty years ago today, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Brown vs. Board of Education, declaring "separate but equal" public schools to be unconstitutional.

One hundred eighty days ago, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued its decision in Goodridge vs. Department of Public Health:Collapse )
I've seen several commentators note that the SJC stayed the Goodridge ruling's effectiveness until the fiftieth anniversary of Brown, and I've seen lots of arguments about whether same-sex marriage bans are as illegitmately discriminatory as were anti-miscegenation statutes and other forms of racial discrimination. I haven't seen anybody note that Chief Justice Margaret Marshall, who wrote the Goodridge decision, grew up in South Africa during the apartheid years. You don't suppose that her experiences with that sort of virulent and irrational discrimination had any bearing on her decision, do you?