Thursday, June 26, 2003

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Supremes strike again. Sodomy's OK by them. Same sex marriage next?
It was a 6-3 center-left vote, with Kennedy writing for the majority; O'Connor wrote an concurring opinion. In and of itself, this isn't a huge loss, for busting down Sully's door to catch him flagrante delicto with his boyfriend wasn't high on my list of things the police should be doing. The next question to be sliding up to the Supremes might well be same-sex marriage. I don't think that it would be a slam-dunk win for the gay lobby, for not criminalizing a behavior isn't the same thing as positively rewarding a behavior. The government gives various subsidies and tax credits that discriminated on different behaviors; for instance, trucks pay higher tolls than cars, yet trucks don't have the right to equal treatment. A trucker is free to get a cheaper toll if he drives a car. A guy is free to enjoy the benefits of marriage, if he gets a woman to marry him. I'm reminded of the preamble to the Constitution, which sets up to "...promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity...." Does a equal-protection claim by a same-sex couple overwhelm the intent of promoting the commonweal and the long-term blessings of liberty? How about it, Sandy and Anthony K.?

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