“Love Whomever You Love.
Madrid Loves You.”
MADRID —You see this poster on almost every corner.
It’s surprising that a country that endured iron-fisted religious and political repression late into the Twentieth Century came to recognize same-sex marriage before we did.
After all, championing individual rights is one of America’s enduring points of pride.
New rights take time to root. Challenging the values of the past is met with passion and outrage, especially when it involves the loss of power over others.
The people who wrote our constitution knew that things would change in the future so they gave us the Ninth Amendment. It says we have rights they couldn’t begin to imagine and didn’t mention in that document.
The end of slavery, voting rights for non-whites and women, the right to remain silent and have a court-appointed lawyer all came about because the Founders left us a living, breathing constitution.
We can’t see into the future any more than those geniuses could.