It has not been a good week for those who oppose same-sex marriage. The Supreme Court heard two relevant cases this week, and to judge from the questioning they seem likely to render a decision far more favorable to same sex marriage advocates. Of course, the questioning is not always a reliable guide. After all, Obamacare seemed to be circling the drain after the oral arguments. Still, it was a pretty rough day at the office for the lawyers advocating for discrimination. Meanwhile, politicians are tripping over each other in their rush to come out in favor of same sex marriage. It wasn’t that long ago that it required great political courage just to come out in favor of civil unions, as a sort of “separate but equal” version of marriage. Now we’re rapidly coming to the point where more courage is required to come out against same sex marriage.
This all makes me very happy. I do make an effort to put myself in the shoes of those with views different from my own, but on the subject of same sex marriage I find it impossible to do so. The views of those hostile to gay marriage strike me as so morally bankrupt that I find it impossible to see it from their perspective. The sheer human misery they have caused is hard to forgive, especially considering that their position is backed up with nothing more than a lot of dubious religious arguments.
So you can imagine how much I enjoyed Jonathan Chait’s brief obituary for the anti-gay rights movement. He focuses specifically on Maggie Gallagher, perhaps the most prominent anti gay marriage advocate. Chait writes:
In 2004, the campaign to prevent gay marriage was in its heyday. The Bush administration had seeded an initiative banning gay marriage in Ohio to mobilize activists and peel off traditionalist Democratic voters. Democrats nationally were running for cover, and even Howard Dean’s pro-civil-unions stance appeared risky.
Now the movement is in a state of total collapse, with every day seeming to bring new converts to the gay-marriage cause and the opposition losing all of its courage. There is no more telling sign of the opposition’s surrender than the public demoralization of Maggie Gallagher, the leading anti-gay-marriage activist and writer.
The essay is not very long, and well worth reading in full. Go have a look!