Edge of Chaos is a political podcast starring Joe Ryan and Neurotoxin. Its aim is to have a free-flowing discussion of news and current events that also examines the empirical outcomes of public policy, avoiding biases based on ideology and policy intentions. Listener discretion is both advised and encouraged.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Neurotoxin;s Prediction on the Gay Marriage Ruling

Neurotoxin's prediction: Gay marriage wins, unconditionally. The court has been described by the sensationalist media as "deeply divided" in every 'landmark' case in recent years, but it has been on a Federalist binge and there isn't even anyone agruing the States' side this time.

For once, it's nice to have a prediction match an endorsement. Adults' behavior with regard to their bodies or other consenting adults should not be up to a vote, EVER. Marriage as a legal institution carries a wide diaspora of legal protections and the Constitution specifically forbids denying these to any group of people. I absolutely can't comprehend how conservatives who seem to understand the danger of unchecked majority rule in such scenarios most of the time can continue to make a special plea on this issue. This isn't abortion and there's 0 reasonable argument for the other side - much like those who favor gun control, opponents of gay marriage drill down to emotionally charged superstition and a concept they find aesthetically displeasing. No one is asking you to like or accept homosexuals, we're asking you not to bring the government you claim to despise into the mix.


1 comment:

  1. I should add that I do NOT believe in forcing private ordained institutions (i.e. churches) to marry homosexuals or anyone else if they don't want to. The economic protections of marriage are the same with a piece of paper issued by a bureaucrat and in many States there are churches willing to marry homosexuals; claiming a "right" to the rituals of a religion that disagrees with you and you find oppressive is ridiculously naive and hypocritical. This could become an issue under 1960s Federal anti-discrimination laws on private institutions, but a re-visitation of those is long-overdue and would be a double win.