Backup link: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/30/us...tate.html?_r=0On gay marriage, America's house may not stay divided for long
An IRS ruling on same-sex couples is the latest sign that a patchwork of laws on marriage equality may soon be a thing of the past
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By Leonard Pitts Jr.6:00 a.m. EDT, September 6, 2013
Abraham Lincoln said it best.
As the drums of disunion began to drown out the softer melodies of comity and reason, Lincoln, a candidate for U.S. Senate, warned a convention of Illinois Republicans that the nation could not escape its moment of decision.
"A house divided against itself cannot stand," he said in a celebrated 1858 speech. "I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved -- I do not expect the house to fall -- but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other."
The showdown he foresaw came three years later, when the guns began to fire at Fort Sumter
Today we face another division of the house -- and another looming showdown. This one will not be resolved with guns -- the violence will be rhetorical -- but it will be difficult, nonetheless.
We took a step toward the showdown last week whenthe IRS announced that married, same-sex couples will now be allowed to file joint federal tax returns, just as married opposite-sex couples do. Adam and Steve -- or Keisha and Rose -- will be entitled to all the federal exemptions and deductions marriage provides, even if they live in states that prohibit same-sex marriage. Washington will recognize their union, even if North Carolina does not
another victory for equal rights, slowly but surely discrimination is losing and equality is winning!!!