by Gray Graham
2010 looks to be the year that will shape the next generation. With the issues this year we have had on health care, the Gulf oil spill, and race, it was already shaping up to be one of those years like no other. Today we add to that with the first Federal decision on gay marriage. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker handed down his decision on the constitutionality of California Proposition 8 which denied the rights of gay couples to marry in the state of California finding that it was Unconstitutional.
This issue alone seems like it will always divide the country along with abortion. It is one of those issues that cuts across race, religion, and economic status. No matter what your views are on other issues, this is the one that will generally separate a group. I have seen ultra conservatives in favor of it and ultra liberals opposed to it, The legal team opposing the statue is composed of attorneys who were at odds in the 2000 Presidential recount vote.
The case will be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court, which I am pretty sure I know how the vote will go. Regardless of that it will still be an issue that will influence this generation which already shares very little values with previous ones. The real question is this the beginning of an entire shift to a new way of thinking. Only time will tell.