Thoughts and Clarifications on the Issue of Same-Sex Marriage

In the aftermath of last week's Supreme Court ruling on Obergefell, I have engaged in some online debates with people of goodwill regarding the issue of same-sex marriage. I expect that those debates will continue for some time to come, but in the event that it is useful, here is a comprehensive outline regarding where …

Quote of the Day

Notwithstanding the paranoid fantasies of some religious conservatives, no church or clergy in the United States will be compelled to perform same-sex marriages, any more than they are compelled to perform remarriages or interreligious marriages. Neither will religious teachings about sexuality and marriage be penalized; Kennedy’s opinion reaffirms this obvious point. Kennedy moreover steps away …

The Supreme Court Bats .500. Legal and Political Analysis Follows.

The United States Supreme Court has come out with two major opinions, in as many days. The first concerned Barack Obama's health care law, and featured a bad outcome based on poor reasoning. The second concerned the issue of same-sex marriage and featured a laudable outcome based on less-than-good reasoning. We'll take the health care …

Éirinn go Brách, and All That

As one who believes that same-sex couples deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and that marriage equality only serves to strengthen the institution of marriage, I am pleased and delighted to see that Ireland has decided to enshrine marriage equality as a constitutional right. This is a remarkable and extraordinary achievement, given the …

A Long Overdue Goodbye to Andrew Sullivan

Andrew Sullivan was one of two big-time bloggers--the other being, of course, Glenn Reynolds--to have helped put me on the blogospheric map. For that, I shall always be grateful. He was also--as Ross Douthat pointed out--extraordinarily influential in advancing the cause of same-sex marriage. Anyone who is the least bit concerned with fundamental human rights …

A Huge Win for Marriage Equality

Ilya Shapiro reports, and points out why the Supreme Court's decision to deny certiorari to petitioners in same-sex marriage cases was so important: . . . Although it’s unusual for the Court to deny review in those rare cases where all parties urge it, there’s no current “circuit split” – all appellate courts have struck down …

Hillary Clinton’s Bad Week Continues

Oh dear, this just is not very good at all: Hillary Rodham Clinton tersely defended her initial opposition to gay marriage, denying in a radio interview that political reasons were behind her shift last year to supporting same-sex marriage. She accused the host of the show of ‘‘playing with my words.’’ ‘‘I did not grow …

Illinois Embraces Marriage Equality

Yesterday, the legislature in my home state passed a bill that will finally allow marriage equality by permitting same sex couples to tie the knot. A number of my social media friends--and lots of other people who are celebrating offline--are filled with joy because they get to marry and spend the rest of their lives with …