More NYT Idiocy, Exposed

In a house editorial titled “The Defense of Marriage Act, Exposed,” the New York Times editorial board evidently imagines that it has some cogent points to make against the Defense of Marriage Act. It is mistaken.

The editorial purports to respond to the House of Representatives’ point that DOMA (as the House brief puts it) “serves the federal interest in uniform eligibility for federal benefits.” But it recasts “uniform eligibility” as the ambiguous term “consistency” (leaving unanswered “consistent with what?”) in order to set up its non sequitur rejoinder that DOMA “thwarts consistency by accepting some state definitions of marriage and rejecting others.” Yes, that’s what “uniform eligibility” means. The Times has no answer to the House’s actual argument.

The Times also falsely claims that the federal courts that have recently reviewed DOMA “have found that it fails to meet the most elementary test of constitutionality” under the “rational basis” test. But in fact the First Circuit two weeks ago and the Southern District of New York last week employed a standard of “intensified scrutiny,” and the First Circuit specifically acknowledged that plaintiffs challenging DOMA “cannot prevail” under the conventional “rational basis” test.

Most Popular


Courage: The Greatest of Virtues

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (Or Listener), As the reporter assigned the job of writing the article about all of Sidney Blumenthal’s friends and supporters told his ... Read More

My American Dream

This morning, at 8 a.m., I did something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember: I became an American. I first applied for a visa in early 2011, and since then I have slowly worked my way through the system — first as a visa-holder, then as a permanent resident (green card), and, finally, as a ... Read More

The Gun-Control Debate Could Break America

Last night, the nation witnessed what looked a lot like an extended version of the famous “two minutes hate” from George Orwell’s novel 1984. During a CNN town hall on gun control, a furious crowd of Americans jeered at two conservatives, Marco Rubio and Dana Loesch, who stood in defense of the Second ... Read More