Originally Posted by Dr. Schmeebis
Yeah, but you can travel to some states and get a gay marriage now. To me, that sounds VERY comparable, if not nearly the same.
No, that is not the same.
Supposedly, today a gay couple can get married in, say, Massachusetts, but that is due to a court ruling that has caused a furor and may very well be overturned by constitutional amendment.
Interracial marriages were allowed by law in most
of the States of the US by the 1960s, there were interracial couples who were married for decades in non-Southern states with no legal problems, and where interracial marriages were allowed, there were no active movements to make them illegal. By the time Loving v. Virginia
reached the Supreme Court, only a minority of states even tried to prohibit interracial marriages.
Also, there was no "Defence of Non-Interracial Marriage Act" on the federal level and no movement to try to amend the US Constitution to prohibit interracial marriages. Interracial couples who were married in states where such marriages were permitted (the vast majority) were recognized as being married by the Federal government and enjoyed all the legal benefits of married people, from Social Security Benefits to being able to file joint income tax returns to whatever. The situation is just the opposite today with respect to a gay couple married in, say, Massachusetts, and the Federal "Defense of Marriage Act" was passed specifically to prohibit gay couples from enjoying any "marriage" rights under federal law.
The two historical situations were not nearly the same.