Sadly, the United States, which has traditionally been at the vanguard of human rights developments, finds itself falling behind in one of the great trends of human history. There are any number of reasons for this: our deeply ingrained religious mores, the generally right-of-center views of our body politic, and a reluctance on the part of timid politicians to unnecessarily energize a dwindling but dedicated group of voters bent on retaliation at the polls.
From the HuffPo:
Conservatives seem to view Iran and Saudi Arabia as good role models for governance and public policy, looking to god to help make law and impose a moral code handed down by divine edict. We move toward theocracy as the rest of the world embraces the future. The religious right is strangling us in a chokehold of ignorance and intolerance, arbitrarily imposing on us superstitions dating back 2000 years. This is no way to run a modern country.