Monday, August 3, 2009

Gay Marriage, Democracy, and the Courts

08/3/09 Wall Street Journal:

Robert George is founder of the American Principles Project and professor of jurisprudence at Princeton University. In this opinion article, he faults the Perry case for its attempt to accomplish by judicial fiat what he thinks should be left to the democratic process. He also reduces same-sex marriage to "an emotional union for the sake of adult satisfaction that is served by mutually agreeable sexual play." Based on this reductio ad absurdum, he concludes that a ruling to overturn same-sex marriage bans would leave "no principled basis for upholding marital norms like monogamy."

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