The Corner

Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney Are Right About Adoption

… and Terence Jeffrey is wrong. Adoption, like marriage, is not a matter the Constitution commits to federal government control. It is, like the vast run of day-to-day issues, a matter to be determined by the states. There is nothing conservative about imposing federal government mandates on matters the Constitution gives the federal government no say over.

If gay marriage is to be banned, it should be done, as Sen. Santorum and Gov. Romney said, by a constitutional amendment. That is the proper way of establishing a national standard when we decide we need to have one and the Constitution does not presently provide one.

As Rick and Mitt went on to say, if there were a federal marriage amendment in place and it did not address adoption, then marriage would be limited to man/woman couples but adoption would be a state law issue.

If Mr. Jeffrey wants a federal adoption standard imposed, then he should be arguing for a constitutional amendment banning adoptions by gay couples. But assuming the hypothetical that Rick and Mitt were addressing — a marriage amendment and no adoption amendment — there is nothing incoherent or inconsistent about positing that gay marriage would not be recognized nationally and adoption by gay couples would be decided by the states. That is how federalism works.

Most Popular

Education

Our Bankrupt Elite

Every element of the college admissions scandal, a.k.a “Operation Varsity Blues,” is fascinating. There are the players: the Yale dad who, implicated in a securities-fraud case, tipped the feds off to the caper; a shady high-school counselor turned admissions consultant; the 36-year-old Harvard grad who ... Read More
Culture

Shibboleth Is a Fun Word

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. Estimado Lector (y todos mis amigos a través del Atlántico), Greetings from Barcelona. And it is Bar•ce•lona, not Barth•e•lona. That ... Read More