It's astounding how far this administration – and this president – have come in making good the promise on same-sex marriage
In his second inaugural address this past January, Barack Obama laid out an expansive vision of gay equality under the law, doing away with his earlier triangulations and declaring that "if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well." For gay Americans, whom the president sometimes disappointed in his first term, it was a stirring moment. But it remained to be seen whether Obama's actions would match his rhetoric.
Thursday, we got our answer, when the Justice Department filed a brief with the US supreme court to argue that Proposition 8 – the California provision that forbids same-sex marriage – is unconstitutional. After weeks of suggestions that the Obama administration was going to stay silent, they crashed in – just hours before the court's deadline – and the document (pdf) is breathtaking.