Taboo

With oral arguments on California’s Prop 8 and DOMA concluded at the Supreme Court, I’d just like to note how encouraging it is to think that, no matter the outcome of these cases, within a decade or two, visiting a website like the National Organization for Marriage will be as uncomfortable as visiting the website of the KKK. Their hate is dressed in a thin veneer of civility and open-mindedness. Much like the KKK, NOM professes to respect the group against which it discriminates. NOM advocates a federal constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, which would be the only amendment in our history–besides prohibition–designed to restrict citizens’ rights.* It’s nice to live in a country (and thankfully not the only one) where that kind of thinking looks doomed to marginalization, though more slowly than it should be.

*The 16th Amendment doesn’t count.

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