Nine states and the District of Columbia now permit same-sex marriage, and demographics suggest more states will soon follow.
An ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that 80 percent of adults under 30 support same-sex marriage.
The shift is understandable because our hearts tell us to want for our loved ones what we want for ourselves - life, liberty and the opportunity to pursue our happiness.
As more gays and lesbians have come out of the closet, we have been able to see them as individuals - sons and daughters, friends and relatives, co-workers and neighbors.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney, one of the most influential conservatives of the last half of the 20th century, supports gay marriage. One of his daughters, Mary Claire Cheney, is a lesbian.
Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman once opposed gay marriage. However he changed his view this month after his son, Will, came out. Portman now supports same-sex marriage.
We hear about Cheney and Portman, but many more Americans are choosing a similar path because of personal experience.
A CNN/ORC International survey finds that 57 percent of Americans say they have a family member or a close friend who is gay or lesbian.
That's 12 points higher than just six years ago.
It's understandable that many gays and lesbians desire a definitive statement of marriage equality from the highest court in the land.
But no written opinion from nine unelected judges can be as persuasive as a democratic process that empowers people to reach a just conclusion.
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.