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So I've been thinking a lot about Marriage Equality lately. No surprise there — I'm pretty much always thinking a lot about Marriage Equality — but with the recent victories in Maryland, Washington, Maine, Minnesota, Rhode Island, and Delaware, and the upcoming Supreme Court decisions on Prop 8 and DOMA, it's been on my mind even more than normal.

It's the latter that I'm thinking about today, as I sit here in the Baltimore Greyhound Bus Terminal using free (and crappy!) Wifi. The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced that the worst possible outcome for the marriage equality movement would be a broad decision that completely legalizes marriage equality everywhere in the country. That might seem paradoxical. After all, if marriage equality is legalized everywhere, the fight is over, right?

Not so much. Abortion was legalized everywhere by Supreme Court decision in 1973. Remind me how that has turned out for us lately.

Don't get me wrong: I want to see Prop 8 and DOMA struck down as much as the rest of you (and they will — ohhh, they will). But I'd prefer a more limited ruling for the time being. Let more states fall under the marriage equality banner (I'm expecting Oregon, Hawaii, Colorado, Illinois, and New Jersey to be next in some order). Let public opinion shift even further on the subject. Let us get to the point where we can get national recognition through Congress rather than decide the issue by Supreme Court vote. Ask yourself which is more enduring: Roe v. Wade, or the 1967 Civil Rights Act?

Based on Ruth Bader-Ginsburg's recent comments about Roe v. Wade, I don't think I have much to worry about. But still, I worry.

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