Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative that overturned a California Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage, reflected popular opposition to what was perceived as arrogant meddling by unelected judges. Although the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was driven by a similar populist impulse, in practice it frustrates the will of the people in states where voters or their elected...
Personally, as a subject of morality, I am totally against "same sex marriage". But, I am also a capitalist, and the adoption of "same sex marriage" would be a BOOM to the Divorce Industry. This places me at odds with myself. I hate homosexuality and anything associated with it. But, the capitalist within me would be supercharged by the economic profit blast the Divorce Industry would enjoy by the legalization of "same sex marriage". The Moralist in me and the Capitalist in me are in a quandary as to which to cheer.
In two cases last week, lawyers urged the Supreme Court to respect the democratic process by upholding bans on legal recognition of gay marriages. But only one of those bans can plausibly be portrayed as representing the will of the people.
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