Hardball with Chris Matthews, 12/7/12, 7:00 PM ET

Matthews: It is time for America to accept marriage equality

Chris Matthews talks about what the Supreme Court’s decision to weigh in on same-sex marriage cases means for the country.

It is time for America to accept marriage equality

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Let me finish tonight with this.

Will America, this country of ours, be one of those places on earth where people of the same sex can marry? Will it?

Some day, I’d say.

Why? For a very American reason: freedom, liberalism—whatever you call it—generally wins out.

It can take a long time. History shows the important fights, the important rights, do take time. Time for the right to settle into the country’s conscience.

It took time for abolition of slavery, time for women’s suffrage, time to end Jim Crow, time to end “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

Here we go again into that tunnel of time, debate and, yes, honest reflection, out of which comes a freer, more liberal America. That’s the way it’s been, and I think, here again, the way it will be.

So, Sursum corda. Keep the faith.

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It is time for America to accept marriage equality

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