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

Hugh Oxford Wrote: Mar 29, 2013 12:56 PM
And indeed, how would they be married? The sinister implication in all this - one sinister implication among many - is that the government actually marries people by issuing them with bureaucratic documents. Of course that isn't true: men and women marry one another by entering into publicly recognised permanent and exclusive sexual unions. The concepts of annulment - incompletion - and adultery tell us that marriage is a physical reality.

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...