Posted on | July 31, 2012 | 33 Comments
A plank supporting same-sex marriage will be included as part of the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) draft platform, according to an exclusive report at the Washington Blade, which notes it was a unanimous decision.
Fire, brimstone and further updates expected . . .
UPDATE: We are supposed to believe — indeed, the “respectable Republican” types often argue quite vociferously — that only ignorant hateful bigots oppose same-sex marriage. But there are fundamental issues at stake, as I explained in November 2008:
Before he was purged from the bench, former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore made a remarkable and lamentably unappreciated contribution to American jurisprudence.
Concurring in the 2002 case of Ex Parte H.H., a custody dispute involving a lesbian mother, Moore demonstrated that homosexuality had no protected status in the Anglo-American common-law tradition, that indeed such behavior had been proscribed for centuries as “a crime against nature,” and that Alabama courts had consistently condemned homosexual acts as “illegal under the laws of this state and immoral in the eyes of most of its citizens.”
One does not have to share this abhorrence of homosexuality to agree that Moore’s concurrence — copiously studded with court precedents and citations of Blackstone’s Commentaries, 16th-century British jurist Sir Christopher Wray and even the Justinian Code — accurately summarized the legal foundation of the case against gay rights. . . .
Read the whole thing. You may blithely shrug, “To hell with the Anglo-American common-law tradition,” but such a dismissive attitude is a large step down a very slippery slope: Ideas Have Consquences.
UPDATE II: Not directly related, but it’s encouraging to see that Mitt Romney’s (hetero)sex(ual) appeal is still driving ‘em crazy.