FRANKFORT— What a week!
If it had ended Wednesday, my main topic would be Jefferson Davis' statue in the state Capitol rotunda.
But Davis got pushed to the back of the bus, so to speak, by Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding a key element of the Affordable Care Act.
Then came Friday's Supreme Court decision for the ages, pushing Obamacare to the back of the bus and causing Ol' Jeff to miss the bus completely (except for the brief mentions he's already received).
Because the 5-4 ruling guaranteeing same-sex couples the right to get married throughout the land is a huge, huge step along the path to equal rights for our gay and lesbian friends, co-workers and family members.
Nearly 11 years ago, just a few months before Kentucky voters overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, I wrote a column explaining my opposition to such an odious amendment.
My basic premise was (and remains) that marriage is a legal institution, not a religious one, because a government-issued license is a prerequisite for a legal marriage. And all of us are equally deserving of the rights, privileges and legal protections that come with being Americans, regardless of our color, sex or sexual orientation.
"There was a time in this country," I wrote, "when people of color were denied those rights, privileges and protections. But we, as a society, recognized the wrongness of that situation. We changed our laws and most of our attitudes.
"There was also a time in this country when women were denied some of those rights, privileges and protections. But we, as a society, recognized the wrongness of that situation, too. We changed our laws and most of our attitudes.
"But we, as a society, continue to deny gays and lesbians some of the rights, privileges and protections that come with being Americans."
I'm very happy to say the last sentence no longer applies to the rite of marriage. Thanks to Friday's Supreme Court decision, going forward, there will be one law for all in America.
Now, let's work on changing some of those negative attitudes.
During his 2014 re-election campaign, Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell repeatedly pledged to "pull (the Affordable Care Act) out root and branch."
But Thursday's solid 6-3 decision upholding the nationwide subsidies authorized by the law allows Obamacare's roots and branches to burrow deeper and spread wider until at least the next presidential inauguration in 2017.
Republicans simply don't have enough Senate votes to override a veto of any attempt to repeal the law while President Barack Obama remains in office.
By 2017, the number of people insured for the first time, and liking it, courtesy of the ACA will be considerably more than the 16.5 million currently in this category.
Add the people who already had insurance but were able to keep their children covered until they turned 26 courtesy of Obamacare and the people protected from getting kicked to the curb by their insurance companies when they got sick (just to name a couple of the ACA's positive benefits), and you're talking numbers that dwarf 16.5 million.
So, even if his party wins the White House, retains control of both chambers of Congress and re-elects him Senate majority leader after the 2016 election cycle (none of which is a lock), McConnell may need some super-sized big-boy pants to fulfill his pledge.
Because, seriously, despite the rhetoric from the lunatic fringe, rational congressional Republicans have to recognize what taking health insurance away from tens of millions of Americans will mean for the party's future, not to mention their own.
Reach Larry Dale Keeling at firstname.lastname@example.org.