Cultural Revolutions

Defense of Gay Marriage Act

At 11:30 a.m. on October 10, the Connecticut State Supreme Court legalized “gay marriage,” making Connecticut the third state, behind Massachusetts and California, to sanction the practice.  In a 4-3 ruling that cannot be appealed, because it is based on an interpretation of the state constitution, Justice Richard N. Palmer opined for the narrow majority that relegating homosexuals to civil unions is a violation of the Connecticut state constitution’s equal-protection clause: “Interpreting our state constitutional provisions in accordance with firmly established equal protection principles leads inevitably to the conclusion that gay persons are entitled to marry the otherwise qualified same-sex partner of their choice.  To decide otherwise would require us to apply one set of constitutional principles to gay persons and another to all others.”

The Connecticut court actually did us a favor by cutting the legs from under the Trojan horse presented by the Obama and McCain campaigns: Both favor civil unions for homosexual couples but are against “gay marriage.”  So state legislatures can “protect” marriage by giving legal sanction “only” to civil unions, then the state courts can cry foul, declaring that anything less than “marriage” for homosexuals is a violation of “equal protection.”  Justice Palmer and the majority agreed...

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