Wednesday, July 1, 2015

No peace on gay marriage issue

Now that the debate about gay marriage is over (at least for now) there is much concern about what will happen next. Some people in the gay rights camp are calling on their peers to be magnanimous in victory, to not force themselves or their beliefs too much on the body politic. Leon Drolet, a libertarian conservative of note in Michigan and a generally reasonable man, encourages such 'tolerance and civility' towards those against gay marriage as the years unfold. You may read his views in more detail here:

We've read enough of what Mr. Drolet writes to trust his sincerity and good intent. But we say in this instance, you're barking up a tree. That tolerance and civility which he rightly calls for ain't gonna happen.

How can it, really? When basic rights are at stake, in fact when two are almost contradictory to one another as what we are now looking at, something's got to give. If gay marriage is a Constitutional right as much as religious liberty then one view must win out as the other diminishes. We're not saying that simply to preemptively accuse gay rights activists of intolerance either; both sides are subject to vindictiveness and can each go overboard. And it goes without saying that those with serious moral and religious reservations about gay unions will not now give up the ghost. But now that the former has got the ear and power of unlimited government behind it, we're guessing that the push for more gay rights is inevitable.

The Supreme Court ruling will only embolden the believers in gay marriage. The situation will become worse before it gets better. If it ever gets better: with states such as Mississippi and Alabama toying with the idea of abolishing marriage licenses altogether we doubt the issue will go away. If they or other states manage to get out of the marriage business we'll just about guarantee that gay rights groups and the ACLU will find some grounds to keep states overseeing marriage, if for no other reason than that they will feel compelled to keep their fictionalized rights.

Mr. Drolet is right to call for civility. Yet we suspect that even he knows his call will be for naught.

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