To those who think the endangered species known as the Liberal Republican has become extinct, please take a look at their laboratory of social engineering: the Supreme Court of the People's Republic of Massachusetts.
Largely appointed by a string of constitutionally lackadaisical Republican governors, these judges have bowed their heads like puppies waiting to be petted by the national press, ruling four to three that the cramped institution of marriage as we've known it through millennia is no longer socially useful. In fact, it's downright discriminatory, Bull Connor in a bad tuxedo. Pull back the fabulous velvet curtain as they introduce "Gay Marriage"!
Predictably, our national media greeted the news with their usual hosannas for the homosexual revolution. Newspapers everywhere featured the gay plaintiffs in Massachusetts in embraces of celebration. The political battle was between "gay activists" (no ideology there?) and "conservatives." Unlike partial-birth abortion stories, no one feels the compulsion to add quote marks, or "so-called," or "what proponents call," as the liberal linguists twist the dictionary definition of marriage.
At Newsweek, they used a less-than-neutral quote for their headline: "'My Mommies Can Marry.'" Wire services popped their corks with the usual words, a "historic," and yes, "landmark" decision. This is now so common in judicial circles that stricter constructionists now call it "landmarkism" -- the spectacle of judges stretching constitutions into Silly Putty in a bid to be hailed as the next Historic Liberator.
What the journalists would not discuss was the obvious concept parading down the street: judicial activism trampling the democratic process. Ten years ago, the Supreme Court of Hawaii did the same thing, finding the "right to gay marriage" in some marginal penumbra, but then the voters of Hawaii (and now 36 other states) responded by pushing for defense-of-marriage amendments.
Reporters ought to put down their pompoms long enough to take a hard look at some polls. NBC's Jim Avila noted the Pew poll that Republican voters overwhelmingly oppose what proponents call "gay marriage" by almost 80 percent. Democrats are split down the middle: 48 percent opposed, 46 percent in favor.