Monday, June 30, 2003

The Gay Place

Slacktivist has a nice piece on the recent SCOTUS ruling striking down Texas' sodomy statute that made illegal for same-sex couples the same acts considered perfectly legal for hetero couples.

The reaction from conservative quarters has been utterly predictable. The social conservatives have bemoaned the Court's action as pretty much the final straw -- in their eyes, keeping government out of the bedroom is going to lead to social ruin and the complete collapse of civilization.

Not surprisingly, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is proposing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning gay marriages. Hmm. Not only have we not been able to pass an amendment codifying the equality of the sexes, now we're supposed to pass an amendment to further institutionalize discrimination against a sizeable minority.

Folks, this is just more evidence that Republican claims to foster "smaller, less intrusive government" are nothing more than platitudes. They're all for smaller, less intrusive government when it means less of a helping hand to the underclass -- but when it comes to enforcing their mores, well, bigger is better.

A few Republican-types do seem to get it. William Safire opines that the SCOTUS decision is one of fairness. He also cajoles social conservatives to put their own house in order before bursting in on the neighbors.

I don't hold out much hope for that. If anything, conservatives have proven themselves more than willing to try to fix the game when they're losing, rather than play by the rules and win via the virtue of their actions or arguments.


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