Marriage, Church And State
I can appreciate Robert Stacy McCain's argument as to gay marriage being A Hill To Die On for Conservatives. However, in thinking about this topic myself, I wonder if the proper "hill" isn't the one before. This argument seems destined to bring up a battle between Church and State.
Back in the 1970s, William F. Buckley Jr. was invited to debate feminist author Germaine Greer at the Oxford Union, but found that he and Greer were unable to agree on the wording of the resolution to be debated. After a long exchange of trans-Atlantic telegrams, Buckley in exasperation cabled his final proposal: "Resolved: Give 'em an inch, they'll take a mile."
As I doubt the Catholic Church and some others are going to suddenly reverse course and embrace gay marriage in deference to the Iowa court, I'm left wondering how this issue might proceed.
One logical argument would be to make marriage the province of the Church, leaving the State to deal with the social contracting aspects of so called civil unions. Whatever the case, it's fair to say the Culture War is on again. Based upon his Twitter feed, at least one politician has taken note of it. I imagine there will be others.
My problem with the decision has less to do with its substance, than how it was achieved. Unless one happens to be wearing a black robe, it seems the people have less and less say in government every day.