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A Question For Jonah

Yesterday in this space, you criticized Kerry for being against gay marriage but also against doing anything about it. But his position–against gay marriage and also against the Federal Marriage Amendment–is yours, too. What would you have politicians do to prevent the judicial imposition of gay marriage? I know you have said that you’re in favor of civil unions as a substitute. So, presumably, you would have state legislatures vote to create civil unions. But it seems very unlikely that such legislative action would prevent courts from demanding the real deal–as the Massachusetts court showed us yesterday. So what would you do? Have a constitutional amendment that allowed civil unions and not gay marriage? Or what?

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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