In a fascinating Op-ed piece in the New York Times on August 12, 2010, Linda Greenberg analyzes the decision in Perry v Schwartzenegger, the recent California appellate decision overturning Proposition 8 that outlawed same-sex marriage in California.
Greenberg has this to say about the decision:
"Of the many smart moves Judge Walker made in his 136-page opinion last week, the smartest was his unveiling of a central hiding-in-plain-sight fact: the change in society’s expectations about what partnership in a marriage entails. 'Marriage between a man and a woman was traditionally organized based on presumptions of a division of labor along gender lines' until recently, he said. 'Men were seen as suited for certain types of work and women for others. Women were seen as suited to raise children and men were seen as suited to provide for the family.' ”