How Long Will This Take?
Kelley, Raina, Newsweek
Byline: Number 17, NYC and Raina Kelley
When a federal judge on Aug. 4 struck down California's ban on same-sex marriage, it was a victory for gay rights. But the issue is likely to end up before the U.S. Supreme Court, where its fate is uncertain. History shows the battle for equality can be long. But as Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in "Letter From a Birmingham Jail," Ajustice too long delayed is justice denied.A
EQUAL RIGHTS FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS
First enslaved Africans arrive at Jamestown.
Mass. bans slavery.
Uncle Tom's Cabin galvanizes the anti-slavery movement.
Emancipation Proclamation ends slavery in the South.
The 13th Amendment abolishes slavery.
The 14th Amendment grants citizenship to blacks.
The 15th Amendment gives black men the right to vote.
President Truman ends military segregation.
Supreme Court declares school segregation unconstitutional.
Rosa Parks's refusal to give up her seat leads to the Montgomery bus boycott.
Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his AI Have a DreamA speech.
Civil Rights Act ends
President Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act. 1967
Supreme Court makes interracial marriage legal.
Barack Obama is elected president.
EQUAL RIGHTS FOR WOMEN
Public high schools for girls open in New York and Boston.
1848The first Women's Rights Convention is held in Seneca Falls, N.Y.
1850Ore. allows married women to own land in their own names.
1920The 19th Amendment gives women the vote.
1963Equal Pay Act prohibits wage discrimination based on gender. …