The subject of gay marriage is tiresome if not imbecilic, but we’re obviously not going to be allowed to ignore it. Today the Massachusetts Supreme Court issued an advisory ruling to the state legislature on the (state) constitutional requirement of the recognition of same-sex marriage.
To say that the proposition is imbecilic is not to derogate the intelligence of the folks whose political maneuvers have brought us to this pass. They have brilliantly stolen the mantle and perverted the meaning of the civil rights movement that was based on the proposition that all men are created equal. The love that won’t shut up now demands the approval of those who want little more than the inner freedom to dissaprove of certain conduct and to preserve legal recognition of the natural distinctions on which the family is based.
According to the court, “The history of our nation has demonstrated that separate is seldom, if ever, equal.” Legislative recognition of same-sex civil unions short of marriage would establish “unconstitutional, inferior, and discriminatory status for same-sex couples.” Same-sex couples unable to wed, we are to infer, are like Linda Brown, being held outside the schoolhouse door because of the color of her skin.
One could be crassly political and note how the error and audacity of the court’s ruling present a golden political opportunity for President Bush; the quandary in which Kerry could be put should really be impossible to finesse. Having voted against the Defense of Marriage Act, he would necessarily now favor the exportation of the court’s ruling across the country. The Massachusetts connection is almost too good to be true.
Merely because seizing the opportunity would also be the right thing to do should not deter the president.
HINDROCKET adds: No, but political incompetence will.
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