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Gay Marriage at the Ballot Box

Cleombrotus2011 Wrote: Nov 14, 2012 11:31 PM
"...the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion." Mr. Jefferson was living in an age when the possibility of "informing their discretion" remained a distinct possibility. He, in his wildest dreams, never envisioned an electorate for whom issues of abortion or homosexuality were debatable matters, much less matters of civic urgency. These things are the kinds of issues a culture in its death throes wrestle with.

SUPPORTERS OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE have reason to cheer after last week's election. Supporters of democratic self-government, even those of us who oppose gay marriage, do too.

On Nov. 6, for the first time ever, voters in three states – Maine, Maryland, and Washington – redefined marriage by popular vote. In Minnesota, residents said no to a constitutional amendment enshrining the traditional understanding of marriage as the union of a man and a woman. There is no denying the significance of these results: Previously the issue had gone to the ballot in 32 states, and in all 32 same-sex marriage was defeated....