A very short, and very wise, opinion on the entire DOMA decision from the one-and-only Bill Whittle, speaking as his alter-ego, Mr. Virtual President.
I’m completely in agreement with Bill here: this isn’t an argument for or against traditional marriage, or any other kind. It’s that Government has once again intruded into an area where it should have no opinion whatsoever. By allowing the Federal Government to redefine marriage to reflect what a certain segment of society WANTS it to be, we’ve taken another step down the path towards an all-powerful State, with that State able to re-define society according to its whims.
There’s only one winner when that happens: the State.
Our Constitution doesn’t mention marriage, anywhere, because our Founders didn’t conceive of a time they would ever wish to, or should be allowed to. Their opinion on this topic (or mine, …or yours) is and should be beside the point: It’s. Not. Mentioned.
Yet, much as when Roe v. Wade was mystically divined from “penumbras” back in 1973, we now have another deeply personal, moral decision having been granted official recognition by the State. Regardless of where you fall on this issue, having the State grant itself that level of power is a very troubling problem indeed.
And I’d suggest that anyone who thinks that it’s not a problem probably needs to re-read their history.
I’m including two more articles to read, which echo and flesh out the above.
Justice Antonin Scalia weighed in on this with his dissent, and utterly destroys the majority opinion. If you haven’t read it yet, I’d urge you to now. His is not an opinion for or against DOMA. Rather, that the Court has no right to interfere in the argument whatsoever.
And as DrewM said yesterday: “if you find yourself on the opposing side of Scalia, …rethink your position.“