Cultural Revolutions

Getting Off the Docket

Is President Bush kidding his conservative base on the “gay marriage” issue?  There is no question, if we stay on the road we are on, that the Supreme Court will decide whether Massachusetts can impose its law on the other states.  In outlawing Texas’ antisodomy law last June, the Court found that homosexuals are “free as adults to engage in their private conduct in the exercise of their liberty under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment” (Lawrence & Garner v. Texas).  So we can safely guess what lies at the end of the road: The Court will find that the other states must recognize Massachusetts’ “gay marriages.”

“Newlyweds” Chris Bianchi (29) and Dennis Skinner (27) of Rochester, New York, are already starting down the road that they hope leads to the Supreme Court.  They “married” in Massachusetts on May 17, when that state became the nation’s first to authorize same-sex marriage.  “We’re very excited,” they said.  They have now returned to New York and gone down to the Rochester City Hall to have their marriage recognized.  Their next step, if they are denied, will be to go to federal district court, where they will argue that the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the Constitution requires each state to accept “the public acts, Records, and Judicial Proceedings”...

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