Bell Curve The Law Talking Guy Raised by Republicans U.S. West
Well, he's kind of had it in for me ever since I accidentally ran over his dog. Actually, replace "accidentally" with "repeatedly," and replace "dog" with "son."

Monday, February 07, 2005


On Friday, an appeals court in New York City made gay marriage legal there. While pledging on the one hand that he will lobby the New York State legislature to codify gay marriage, the Republican mayor (facing a primary challenge this September) is still going to appeal the court's ruling. It may be a long time before it gets resolved, of course, but I wonder... will this help the fight for gay rights, or will it be another inflammatory court decision that makes the passage of an anti-gay-marriage amendment more likely?


Raised By Republicans said...

I'm not so sure caution is advisable. If people who support equality and liberty don't push the issue the conservatives will never give in.

America can't wait around for conservative homophobes to come to their senses on their own. There are a lot of people who scream like stuck pigs when reforms happen but will realize that the world won't come to an end as soon as the reforms are in place.

That's very much what happened with the Civil Rights movements on race issues.

The Law Talking Guy said...

I concur with RBR. Caution before the election was fine. Push full bore now. Then we have plenty of time for the public perception of the status quo to adapt to a new reality. Public perceptions of the status quo are absolutely critical. Opposition to change and plain old inertia have a larger army than any particular post-hoc reactionary movement.