Republican Congressman David Jolly says he still believes in traditional marriage, but he thinks the state should recognize same-sex marriage 'as a matter of Constitutional principle.' A Florida ban on gay marriage was ruled unconstitutional last week, but marriage licenses in Florida are on hold pending appeal, the judge ruled Monday.
Discussion around recent court decisions on gay marriage suggests that the pace of social change can be pretty swift.
Inflammatory words about race or sexuality can fan public outrage and even result in professional sacking. Some say America must be sure to protect free speech rights. Others cite need for civil society.