Tempest in a Mole’s Teapot on a Mountain

The political smoking gun of the week is the revelation that The Hitching Post edited its website and reincorporated as a religious entity in order to bolster its attempt to circumvent a local anti-discrimination ordinance. In case you’ve missed it, The Hitching Post is a for-profit wedding chapel somewhere in Idaho that doesn’t want to…

Not QUITE Following the Reasoning in Bourke v. Beshear

As you may or may not have heard, a federal judge for the Western District of Kentucky has decided that Kentucky – which has a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage – may not refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state. So, if Kentucky recognizes a marriage license from, say, New York, it…

Anti-Micegenation is a Bad Analogy – and here’s why

Gay marriage is an interesting issue from a rhetorical point of view. I can think of few others where the gulf between what seems superficially convincing and what is actually convincing on closer examination is as great. Take the analogy between anti-micegenation laws and law prohibiting gay marriage. As an argument with a friend over…

The Depressing Irony of Windsor

My most- and least-favorite part of the commentary on United States v. Windsor has been this strain of people who, perhaps sensing that their fun is ending, are taking any and every opportunity to call people who don’t share their enthusiasm “bigots.” Two prominent examples are PZ Myers and John Scalzi. Myers: Sorry, Republicans, you…

Thoughts on Today’s Gay Marriage Decisions

So, today is gay day at the Supreme Court. We got one ruling – Windsor v. United States (full ruling) – unambiguously in favor of what the gay lobby wanted, and another – Hollingsworth v. Perry (full ruling) – which has the side-effects they want. Here are some brief reasons I disagree with the Supreme…

Those Red Profile Pics

I’ve been spending all day looking at people put red “marriage equality” pics up in place of their regular profile portraits. So, I guess it’s “gay marriage day.” In that case, let me just “come out” and say that I hope the Supreme Court upholds both Proposition 8 and DOMA. First, I don’t buy the…

Another Bad Analogy from BHL

Here’s another Bleeding Heart Libertarian analogy that not only does not work, it exposes their lack of libertarian bona fides. Imagine that in our culture, or in the human race in general, we tended to associate being given a red scarf by one’s government as a mark of membership and status. You are not fully…

A Refreshing Article on Same-Sex Marriage

Here’s an article by a lesbian in The Atlantic that makes a damn lot of sense: What Straight Allies Need to Understand About Gay Marriage and States’ Rights, by E. J. Graff. In no particular order, here are points she makes that I think needed to be made: Anti-miscegenation laws are not the right analogy.…

History may not be here yet

Here‘s a cool, if obvious, article explaining how public support for gay marriage can be strong and yet state-level constitutional amendments banning it so prevelant. No prizes for guessing that it’s because support for SSM varies widely by state. Maybe you get a prize for guessing that it’s also the case that most of the…