OK, fine, it’s in the news, we gotta talk about it.
My bottom line on same-sex marriage (SSM) as a political issue is that recognizing it will inevitably be a misuse of government. It is especially a misuse of national government. States have more latitude to indulge in governmental malpractice, because the rights of citizens are properly backstopped at the federal level. If a state has infringed citizens’ rights by doing something misguided, a federal read on the Constitution should adjust the problem. But the national government must remain limited in its scope for mucking around in the people’s lives, in large part because there is no appeal above it.
The corruption of our thinking
The original intent of the Civil Rights Act was precisely to affirm federal constitutional protection for rights that were being infringed – either outright or in effect – by state law. Continue reading “Same-sex “marriage””