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Same-Sex Marriage Needs Voters' Stamp

Troglodite Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 9:58 PM
Tin, nmaking legal consent a sufficient condition for marriage, you actually are redefining marriage in an attempt to bring about your preferred outcome. Marriage has, always and everywhere (with negligible exceptions), been taken to involve a man and a woman, It has generally been taken, at least in the Western world for the last 2000 or so years, to involve consent. The pretense that consent is sufficient is as arbitrary as would be the pretense that, if a man and a woman are involved, that is sufficient and consent is not necessary.

As a conservative with gay friends, nothing would make me happier than to watch Californians pass an initiative to legalize same-sex marriage -- preferably with protections for religious objectors. Polls suggest it would pass today. Then the issue would be settled, and Californians -- not a court in Washington -- would have determined their own marriage laws.

So of course I was interested when 100-plus conservatives filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of a legal challenge to Proposition 8, the California constitutional amendment supported by 52 percent of voters in 2008 that limited marriage to a man and a...