The Supreme Court of the United States says it’s OK to be gay. Charming. Thanks, Justices, for your help in raising strong, healthy children in the cesspool of modern life. And thanks to the Houston Chronicle, for assenting.
I love Anthony Scalia’s statement: “Even if the Texas law does deny equal protection to “homosexuals as a class,” that denial still does not need to be justified by anything more than a rational basis, which our cases show is satisfied by the enforcement of traditional notions of sexual morality.”
In this statement, Justice Scalia illustrates what law really is: the commonly held judgements and values about right and wrong. The clever reader will notice the correct application of the relative terms “rational” and “traditional”, because the fact is that consensus is not required to validate laws, nor is inclusion in society guaranteed for every person.
Many people will be watching what comes next. Gay rights groups will not stop here, and their push for recognition of same-sex marriages will be met with resistance from the normal elements of society. I shudder to think of the day that this country gives a perverted relationship between two men the same weight as a real marriage and what the reaction of the normal majority will be.
For many Americans, myself included, should this ruling come to pass it will mark a part of the end of the legitimacy of our government over the people. Who can say what will happen then?
Frankly, no matter how much it pains me, I have to agree with this ruling, Justice Scalia’s passionate dissent notwithstanding. But there is a difference between proper and perverted behavior that our government would do well to recognize.