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Nine Justices or Fifty States? Who Should Decide Gay Marriage?

Hugh Oxford Wrote: Mar 29, 2013 10:16 AM
No, it isn't. You paint it as a simple thing, but you do that to mask the reality. Assuming that the inherently non-sexual unions of pairs of men or women were in any meaningful sense "equal" to the sexual unions of men and women upon which our society depends, equal rights and responsibilities could be conferred without the deconstruction of the normative statement conveyed in marriage, which is the human and pre-political institution that asserts human reality as male and female.

I would like to think that Supreme Court justices are smarter than I am.

At one level, they surely are. Their years of devotion to the practice and analysis of law involves countless pages of book-learning I will never undertake. Their brains must fairly bulge with minutiae I cannot grasp.

But there is a difference between intelligence and wisdom. There are high school dropouts who have deep wells of astuteness about how to think, act and live in an enlightened way. And there are Ph.D.’s I would not let into my house.

In one stunning moment Tuesday from the Supreme Court...