When it comes to gay marriage, frankly I don’t give a damn. It’s none of my business.
Bernard Goldberg celebrates the Supreme Court decision to expand marriage for gay couples, comparing it to interracial marriage.
In 1967, the Court said that, “The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious racial discrimination. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State.”
But Justice Anthony Kennedy looked to the Constitution, not the Bible, for his guidance. Writing for the majority, he said that, “No longer may this liberty” for gays to marry “ be denied.” And as did the Court in 1967, Kennedy too invoked the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees equal protection under the law, ruling that it applies to same sex couples that want to marry.
A logical problem here. Prior to the ruling, a gay male and a straight male were both equally subject to the same law: neither could marry another guy. So this is not a strict matter of equal rights. It is a matter of redefining marriage.
Whether you’re pro or con, that’s what the ruling did.