Americans should be forgiven if we worry just a little about the state of our country on this 237th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. From the crippling political stalemate in Washington to the economic struggles of lower- and middle-income citizens to the sea of troubles we face overseas, this is a deeply challenging time for the United States. And in important ways, the way even domestic issues play out can affect our standing abroad.
Last week’s historic Supreme Court decision to advance same-sex marriage rights provides a more optimistic counterpoint to the nation’s troubles. It portrays the unique American experiment in liberty as still moving forward and still succeeding. Our core national mission has always been the promise of individual liberty for all our citizens. On a leading civil rights issue of our time, the court acted not to curb individual rights but to reaffirm and expand them.