The Corner

Marriage Matters

This was published a few days ago but I just wanted to make sure you didn’t miss Robby George’s piece in the Wall Street Journal earlier this week:

We are in the midst of a showdown over the legal definition of marriage. Though some state courts have interfered, the battle is mainly being fought in referenda around the country, where “same-sex marriage” has uniformly been rejected, and in legislatures, where some states have adopted it. It’s a raucous battle, but democracy is working.

Now the fight may head to the U.S. Supreme Court. Following California’s Proposition 8, which restored the historic definition of marriage in that state as the union of husband and wife, a federal lawsuit has been filed to invalidate traditional marriage laws.

It would be disastrous for the justices to do so. They would repeat the error in Roe v. Wade: namely, trying to remove a morally charged policy issue from the forums of democratic deliberation and resolve it according to their personal lights.

Also earlier this week: My “Carrie in Valentino Red” piece cited Maggie Gallagher’s excellent cover story in the current issue of NR (subscribe!).

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