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

Hugh Oxford Wrote: Mar 30, 2013 1:49 AM
And of course there have always been children in history unfortunate enough to have been deprived a mother or a father. The fact that there are people who deprive children of mothers and fathers is not a reason to institutionalise the practise. It might be a reason to pass laws making it more difficult to do so, but certainly not a reason to abolish marriage for the whole of society.

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...