I’m disappointed that the US population didn’t automatically accept interracial marriage in 1967 — I’m particularly shocked that it wasn’t until 1995 that more than half the population thought it was OK. I also find it interesting that our current conservative Supreme Court is lagging so far behind public opinion on same sex marriage this time around, and that a Scalia-less Supreme Court in the 1960s was able to do the right thing in spite of public opinion.
But I also have to point out that this is something I’ve been saying all along with regards to creationism — that public opinion on that issue has been largely static since at least the 1960s, and that we’ve relied largely on the bulwark of court decisions to keep religious nonsense out of the schools (and failing to some degree — an awful lot of teachers shovel that stuff at their students in spite of the laws).
What we need is something that budges the dashed line of approval for science education upwards. Laws are necessary but not sufficient.