I am a big fan of bars as a social equalizer. I believe bars are one of the last places in modern America where it remains socially acceptable to talk to strangers. So put your phone away.
Anyway, I happened to be in a Providence Bar on the day Governor Chaffee signed marriage equality into law. One of the men at the bar said to me something along the lines of: “I’m old enough to be your dad, and by the time your kids are the age you are now, they will never understand why marriage equality was a question. It will be like mixed-race schools are to your generation: a societal given.”
At the bar, I asked the question, so, if you think marriage equality now reached its tipping point towards inevitability, what is next? In his second inaugural address President Obama made a comment about the path of civil rights in America running from “Seneca Falls to Selma to Stonewall.”
So I wonder, and I ask you BPR readers, what is the next question? What is the next movement coming to our nation? The next big social push?
One woman at the bar said the next big movement will be incorporating non-Judeo-Christian Americans into the halls of power. This certainly will be coming up, but it will not require a major legislative push the way marriage equality has. James Madison himself argued against religious tests for holding office.
I would appreciate some insights into this question in the comments section.