Tag Archives: Gay rights

In Changing Social Norms, Narrative (and the Court’s Fragile Sensibilities) Matter

Consider this a follow-up to yesterday’s post on the culture of the legal academy. Last week’s New Yorker offers the true tale behind Lawrence v. Texas, the watershed Supreme Court case that made unconstitutional any state law targeting morality in the bedroom, and therefore inaugurated the modern gay rights movement. Per Dahlia Lithwick, and her reviewed author Dale […]

The Populist Case for Tradition

At RedState, that wretched hive of scum and villainy, one poster manages to, between an incomprehensibly wrong argument against the Ninth Circuit’s recent decision on Proposition 8, say something interesting. I recommend you skip over everything but the last two paragraphs, reproduced below: As I’ve written before, democracy, free markets, tradition and the rule of written […]

Victory in California: What to Take from the Ninth Circuit’s Decision

Yesterday gave American progressives two strong pieces of good news: first, Rick Santorum swept a few early primary and caucus states, gaining not so many delegates, but considerable momentum, and therefore guaranteeing that the continuing disaster that is the Republican primary season will drag on for… a while. Second, and more importantly, the Ninth Circuit […]

Michele Bachmann Rehashes an Anti-Miscegenation Argument

Republican also-ran Michele Bachmann finally decided to pick on someone her own size, and started a serious policy debate with high schoolers over gay marriage. Discussing her outright opposition to the practice, Bachmann calmly explained that there’s no inequality issue in denying gay couples this basic human right, because gay and straight Americans are both […]

An Answer to Santorum’s “Marriage” Analogy

It’s a perilous thing, Googling “Santorum.” But that’s precisely what I had to do to write this post. Last week, former Senator cum continuing failure Rick Santorum attempted a bit of metaphysics, with predictable results. You see, gay marriage simply cannot be, because gay marriage is as different from straight marriage as a napkin is from a paper towel. […]

Allocating Blame Between a Willing President, and an Unwilling Law

Consider it a metonym for larger questions on the economy, the war on terror, and beyond: if we have a President who’s made his policy position clear, do we blame him, or others, when the law prevents him from making good on a promise? Here’s the story. Two men married in Massachusetts, one an American, the […]

Reconciling the Right’s Cognitive Dissonance on Marriage

Texas Governor and perpetually undecided presidential candidate Rick Perry explains his stance on gay marriage. It’s a state decision, through and through. Our friends in New York six weeks ago passed a statute that said marriage can be between two people of the same sex. And you know what? That’s New York, and that’s their […]

Are Atheists “Too Sensitive”? Let’s Flip the Question

HotAir flags another unsurprisingly short-sighted move by American Atheists: petitioning to change the name of a street — “Seven in Heaven Way,” named for seven local firefighters who died heroically on 9/11 — because it apparently signifies the State’s adoption of the Christian “Heaven” as an official public belief. For once, HotAir is partially right! […]

The Unspoken-but-Acknowledged Truth About Gay Marriage

Politico quotes another’s observation: [W]hen the question of [gay] marriage reaches the Supreme Court, the justices will ask themselves, is the country ready? Is it ready culturally, how many states permit same-sex marriage, and what are elected officials saying? At that point and in preparation for that point, the stated position of a sitting president […]

Overwrought Analogy Of-The-Day: Did New York Kill Socrates?

Late last Friday, the New York Senate finally voted, by a margin that’s still surprisingly slim for those who know New York state, to permit gay couples to use the appellation “marriage.” Why did it take so long? Because the New York Senate is not a representative body, and when political reapportionment fails, I expect […]