Americans today are getting a crash course in the liberty we give up when we create bureaucracies and let the executive branch grow without restraint.
Consider these points:
1. The appeal for California’s Proposition 8 was thrown out because of an issue of standing for the defendants (i.e., the backers of Prop. 8 – who, it will be remembered, stepped in to continue the appeals process after the original backers dropped out). The last ruling of the lower court is being allowed to stand, but the issue itself – the constitutionality of defining marriage in traditional terms – has not been ruled on by the Supreme Court. The Court didn’t say that it’s unconstitutional for a government authority or the people themselves to define marriage in traditional terms.
2. What was ruled on was the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). And in spite of Continue reading “Liberty 101: Same-sex “marriage” and the power of bureaucracy”