I hope that it is unnecessary for me to affirm my deep respect for George Will. For those attacking DOMA, it’s quite a coup to get Will on board, however poorly reasoned his position is. Will has earned his reputation as a leading conservative thinker (even as he has become much more libertarian recently, both on policy and in his constitutional thinking). As a practical matter, his misguided attack on DOMA will make it much easier for anyone else who is looking for an excuse, or for camouflage, to posture himself against DOMA. How, a moderately conservative editorial board of a newspaper might ask itself, can we be to George Will’s right on this? Rightly or wrongly, many people expect that Justice Kennedy will be asking himself the same question.
by Ed Whelan