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April 01, 2013  | by: Rebecca Giampolo
Twitter (@Time)

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In comparison to the striking black and white photos displayed on the cover of the April 8th issue of TIME Magazine, that little red avatar suddenly draws less attention to the daring cover than usual. Written by David Von Drehle, the cover story supports the inevitability of marriage equality. According to Drehle, recent polls suggest the efforts of the younger generation have already turned the tide in favor of gay marriage.

So there you have it, in bold print, right on the cover of an accredited educational magazine… ‘Gay Marriage Has Already Won.’ But has it? The Supreme Court has yet to make up its mind (or give TIME the OK for that courageous cover). So then the question becomes, how much longer until they reach a verdict? What happens until then, and whatever it is, does it really matter?

It’s these concerns that lead me to believe that TIME has declared, quite prematurely, what America has been afraid of for many years. I don’t doubt that the future of acceptance is upon us. Love is love, after all, but not everyone sees it that way (namely the Republican-leaning red states). Uniformly they have banned gay marriage, and only few seem to be having second thoughts.

I did find some hope, however, in the form of an analysis written by Nate Silver, The New York Times blogger, who accurately predicated the outcome of the 2012 presidential election. “Even the reddest of the red states will change eventually,” Silver foresees. But again, how long will we have to wait?

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