Magazine June 1, 2015, Issue

What’s Loving Got to Do with It?

Mildred and Richard Loving, 1967 (Francis Miller/The Life Picture Collection/Getty)
Gay-marriage supporters misuse a precedent

In the same-sex-marriage case recently argued in the Supreme Court, the petitioners have claimed a “fundamental right to marry” protected by the Constitution and unmoored from biology, the complementarity of the sexes, or the universal understanding of what “marriage” has meant in every culture in human history until the last 15 years. Their most persistent and compelling comparison of their legal situation has been to the laws that once banned interracial marriage in many states, until they were overturned by the Supreme Court 48 years ago in Loving v. Virginia. But a closer look at that precedent reveals that it

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Politics & Policy

A 2016 Policy Preview

It would be an overstatement to say that the Republican presidential candidates are debating one another’s policy ideas. Very few of the candidates have put forward extensive policy agendas. Several ...

Features

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The Tarring of E-cigarettes

When the prime-time cameras caught Julia Louis-Dreyfus “vaping” an electronic cigarette at the 2014 Golden Globes ceremony, cries of disapproval arose from our nation’s capital. Representative Henry Waxman (D., Calif.), ...

Books, Arts & Manners

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The Woeful Whitney

About a decade ago, Time magazine (remember Time?) voted the Genoese-born starchitect Renzo Piano one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He’s won every architectural award possible, ...
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A Right Quadrangle

True confessions. I first read Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd, in which the willful Bathsheba Everdene is courted by three suitors and chooses wrongly and then right, when ...

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Poetry

THE PROPHETIC ANT I saw the fabled colors, coming down. Gold cannot hold. Red sinks like lead. Time’s green kingdom will lose its crown, And dry leaves drag a desert through the ...
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Letters

Robot Labor Danny Crichton’s essay “Fear Not the Robot” (May 4) is optimistic about robots, but even more optimistic about a basic law of economics: Jobs are created by the money ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Raúl Castro, after meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican, said he might very well “go back to the Church.” That will be one long confession. ‐ Jeb Bush got ...

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