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Best wedding cake top ever?
That question has been asked a great deal this week, usually in the context of Roe v. Wade and abortion. The thinking goes like this:
- Roe was decided before the American public was ready.
- The ruling divided the country and set up decades’ worth of abortion-related political battles.
- If the Supreme Court pushes too far and too fast on same-sex marriage, we could end up with the same battles as we have now for abortion.
- Therefore it would be better if the Supreme Court left same-sex marriage up to the states.
I’m not buying any of it, and neither are legal writers such as this one.
Not only that, but do you know how many women’s lives have been saved by not having to get back alley abortions? Women should not be forced to choose between having children they do not want and cannot afford, and unsafe illegal abortions.
Finally, the objections to abortion are, at their heart, really just religious objections fueled by Catholic and fundamentalist dogma that have no basis in science. Religion should never be used to make public policy about health care. Period.
Real, quantifiable harm has been prevented by Roe in such great numbers that the value of the ruling has far outweighed whatever political cost has been paid in fighting over it.
The same is true of same-sex marriage. I don’t care if some fundamentalists go apeshit over same-sex marriage. They shouldn’t have one then, and — contrary to the lies of the religious Right — none of their preachers will be forced to perform same-sex religious ceremonies. This is about civil, not religious, marriage.
Real, quantifiable harm is being done to couples and families who cannot get married. Ending that harm is far preferable to whatever fight might be put up by fundamentalist Christians and others who are on the wrong side of history anyway.
Since when has it ever been a good idea to put off expanding civil rights because the right-wing might work itself into a lather over that expansion? The right wing has ALWAYS worked itself up over civil rights expansions, no matter who has been the subject of that expansion. They did it over slavery. They did it over black civil rights. They did it over women’s rights. They are doing it over gay rights.
Big deal. Let ‘em scream. This debate is all smoke and mirrors anyway. They’re all dying out and the younger generation of conservatives will laugh at what a fuss their elders made over same-sex marriage.
You lying, cheating bastard. Have a good one!
Why? I cannot say.