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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up two cases related to gay marriage, granting review of California's ban on same-sex marriage and of a law that forbids federal recognition of same-sex unions.

In a recent blog, Baker Institute fellow Joe Barnes comments on social and political context of the cases currently before the court, predicting that "in 50 years we will look back upon the current controversy over gay marriage with chagrin and shame: chagrin because same-sex unions will have become, by then, utterly matter-of-fact; shame because discrimination against homosexual couples will be generally recognized as an egregious breach of equality under law and simple human decency."

Texas, though in many ways a wonderful state, has an "appalling track record on treatment of its homosexual citizens,"  Barnes writes. Sooner or later, Texans -- like other Americans-- will be chagrined and ashamed.