A brief timeout from "real writing"--i.e., print Atlantic--to acknowledge the historic ruling and note that it stands as yet another example of something I recently wrote about: how the GOP is hastening the legalization of gay marriage. In today's case, through the ruling of Chief Judge Vaughn Walker, who was appointed by Ronald Reagan, and reappointed by George H.W. Bush. From earlier:

[W]hile the recent confirmation hearings for Elena Kagan dwelt on whether ''activist'' liberal judges appointed by Democrats would trample legal precedent, the judges who have begun the constitutional protection of same-sex marriage have mostly been Republican appointees like [Joseph] Tauro.

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