Blowhard, Esq. writes:
- Happy for those who are happy with today’s decision, but I’m still waiting for a logical, principled, legal argument as to why the Court’s SSM decisions don’t also permit polygamy.
- Whoops, hey, that didn’t take long.
- It’s hilarious that many of my smart, progressive friends on the one hand think the Constitution permits the federal government to force citizens to buy a private corporate product (i.e. health insurance) and requires all 50 states to recognize same-sex marriage, yet on the other hand think the Constitution does not permit private citizens to own guns. This despite the fact that the Second Amendment contains the phrase “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” while the phrases “right to privacy” and “gay marriage” appear no where at all in the document.
- I guess the President’s terrible handling of the war, use of drones, warrantless wiretapping, attacks on freedom of the press, and other crimes against the Constitution all fall down the memory hole now. The wise sages at Vox think he’s one of the “most consequential” presidents in history. Looks like his next war is on the terrible scourge that is the KKK. Maybe he should get another Nobel Peace Prize?
- Astonishing how gay marriage has gone from something that no one wanted or cared about, including progressive gays, to something that all right-thinking must be in favor of. It took all of 20 years, which is remarkably fast for such a sea change in public opinion.
“Traditional marriage is a rotten, oppressive institution. . . . marriage is a contract which smothers both people, denies needs, and places impossible demands on both people. . . . Gay people must stop gauging their self-respect by how well they mimic straight marriages. Gay marriages will have the same problems as straight ones except in burlesque. . . . To accept that happiness comes through finding a groovy spouse and settling down, showing the world that ‘we’re just the same as you’ is avoiding the real issues, and is an expression of self-hatred. . . . We have to define for ourselves a new pluralistic, rolefree social structure for ourselves. It must contain both the freedom and physical space for people to live alone, live together for a while, live together for a long time, either as couples or in larger numbers; and the ability to flow easily from one of these states to another as our needs change. Liberation for gay people is defining for ourselves how and with whom we live, instead of measuring our relationship in comparison to straight ones, with straight values.”
- EP shares a discussion thread on the Jenner transition.