From The New Yorker: "Same-Sex Marriage, The Legal Deluge"
When a federal judge ordered Utah to allow same-sex marriage on Friday, did you hear the outraged response?
Neither did I. The Mormon Church, once a leader of the anti-marriage-equality fight and a major force in Utah, was practically apologetic in its disagreement with the decision. "The Church has been consistent in its support of traditional marriage while teaching that all people should be treated with respect," the Church statement said. "This ruling by a district court will work its way through the judicial process." A few dead-enders in Utah have fought back, and there is no guarantee that the decision will survive on appeal, but the muted response suggests that everyone, on all sides of the issue, sees where the country is headed.
Dominoes are falling all over.
Shelby is no radical. A veteran of the National Guard, he was appointed to the bench at the instigation of Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, and was endorsed by the state's other senator, Mike Lee, the Tea Party favorite. Shelby is simply a rational man applying a (mostly) rational set of laws.
What Shelby and all these judges are seeing is that it is impossible to offer gay people some rights and not others. They are either full citizens, or they are not. In case after case, and now state after state, judges are drawing the only principled conclusions they can. So, increasingly, is the broader citizenry. Gay people are winning—as are we all.