Gay Marriage in Massachusetts
Jeff Jacoby cuts through all of the dissembling and emotionalizing to the core of the gay marriage issue, which may be about to explode in Massachusetts.
The attempt to fudge semantic arguments and to legislate through the courts is particularly problematic in this case, in which many of those who object to legalizing same-sex marriage do so on the basis of disbelieving that the movement as a movement doesn't have broader goals. It certainly doesn't help that, by appealing to the wrong branch of government, gay-marriage advocates are attempting to knock down the wall that they proclaim will remain standing: the institution of marriage as something more meaningful than a personal contract.
Even at his most measured, the best Andrew Sullivan can do is to suggest that he wants to force the issue through the courts in each state. One good rule of thumb for life that I've managed to stumble into realizing is that people who act as if they are hiding something often are. My position on this issue remains that homosexuals who are sincere in their desire to undertake marriage as the institution is intended ought to bring their case to the people, engaging in relationships that are marriage in everything but name, and then seeking legislative change.
Posted by Justin Katz @ 11:58 AM EST