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March 15, 2004
More On Gay Marriage

Two articles have caught my eye over the intervening days since my last post.

The first was in the LA Times over the weekend. I'm pretty sure I saw this on The Volokh Conspiracy (link to the right). Dr. Volokh said it gave a pretty balanced account of the arguments against gay marriage and this is certainly the first piece that shook my confidence enough to make me honestly consider the other side of the argument. That said, I don't like polygamy but that is first blush. I'm not so sure it really hurts anyone, but that is the one grounds that may make polygamy distinguishable from gay marriage as there may be something to the inherent difficulties of balancing power in personal relationships with more than two people.

The second article was an interesting theory about the state of the argument about gay marriage. Donald Sensing makes an interesting point that marriage was doomed the moment technology made birth control reliable.

I'm still very comfortable that the right thing to do now on gay marriage is to abrogate it to the states and let some states try it. I still think the global right thing to do is to allow it to become commonplace but I admit that the LA Times piece makes me think about that position more. Part of this has to do with the fact that I think its easy to make a case that Lawrence v. Texas means that the law of the land will not be able to discriminate based on sexual preference and that may already spell the doom on the bans on gay marriage and polygamy. No matter on one level - I do know that way too much of the opposition to gay marriage comes down to bigotry.

Posted by hoffmang | March 15, 2004 07:30 PM


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