San Francisco’s city attorney, Therese Stewart, examining Yale Prof. George Chauncey, seems to suggest pretty strongly that Catholics’ (and Baptists’!) views on marriage are illegitimate. Voters influenced by Professor Chauncey’s books have rights, but voters influenced by any of the great faith traditions are . . . haters and bigots. Maybe this is good constitutional law — but could you try any harder to confirm religious people’s fears about where gay marriage is heading?
Remember, this is the official attorney for the city government that officially condemned the Catholic church and asked the sitting archbishop to defy church teaching. I don’t know how the state could get any more involved in the church than by telling church leaders to defy their own religion at its behest.