The mushroom cloud of insanity from the Enforcers of Tradition has arrived, as we expected. There’s nothing in there that’s interesting or surprising; it’s a lot of frothing about slippery slopes, religious “freedom,” the primacy of procreation and the significance of procedure. I see a lot of fist-beating about the evils of the Supreme Court doing their jobs, including from the Supreme Court judges. Maggie Gallagher is her usual petulant self:
Kennedy’s decision is not law, it is Justice Kennedy’s moral values written into our Constitution, and interfering with our rights as Americans to pass laws that accord with our values on marriage.” Kennedy’s decision is the Roe v. Wade of this generation, not this generation’s Brown v. the Board of Educations,” said Gallagher, “Like Roe, stepped in to disenfranchise millions of voters’ concerns to tilt unfairly the scale of justice controversial moral issue trending in a liberal direction. But like Roe the deep questions involved in marriage will not simply go away: At the heart of the gay marriage argument is an untruth: unions of two men or women are not the same as unions of husband and wife; The law cannot make it so, it can only require us to paint pretty pictures to cover up deep truths embedded in human nature.
Anger is not good for Ms. Gallagher’s grammar.
What is the difference, really, between Brown v. Board and Roe v. Wade? Other than that Maggie likes the Brown decision and disagrees with Roe? Abortion rights, like same-sex marriage is a liberal direction that she opposes, whereas school integration is a liberal idea that doesn’t bother her. If she had been an adult who watched the news in 1954, however, she would have been marching in the streets along with the pissed-off white people who wouldn’t stand for those children to be allowed in their schools. She’s hardly even trying to hide it anymore; the unfairness is that the SCOTUS didn’t give her what she wanted. I might even be charitable enough to suggest that she doesn’t understand what the role of the court system is in government, but she understands as much as she wants to. NOM and all the rest of the anti-equality movement are happy to go through any process that gets them the policies they want. They don’t want the courts to stay out of the law; they want the courts to acquiesce to the demands of their movement.
On a sort-of related note, do you ever notice how the “defenders of traditional marriage” have a lot of overlap with womb-controllers? Look, “family values” folks: If all fertile women were exclusively lesbian, there would be hardly any abortions. One might get the impression that you all don’t really care about “life” or “family” so much as punishing people who enjoy sex more than you do.