The last 12 years have been something of a whirlwind for gay rights. It was only in 2003 that the first state, Massachusetts, legalized same-sex marriage. It was the same year that the Supreme Court in Lawrence v. Texas finally struck down sodomy laws that remained in 14 different states. Since then, same-sex marriage has been legalized in a total of 37 states.
I am reminded that it was five years ago, last week, that Congress voted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law, promising to control costs and offer better coverage to more Americans.
To those across the pond, it seems absurd that most in the United States have never so much as heard of “Top Gear,” a wildly popular British television show, focusing primarily on cars. Worse, an even smaller number of Americans have watched the show, and only a fraction of them watch it religiously. Do not let the lack of popularity of “Top Gear” in the United States fool you — it is one of the biggest television programs in the world.