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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Today In Same Sex Marriage

We've learned that Obama always supported gay marriage, but softened his stance at the behest of guys like David Axelrod in order to maintain support in black churches.  Because all those African American congregations were just looking for a chance to vote for John McCain.

Meanwhile, SCOTUS refuses to block the issuing of marriage licenses in Alabama.  As if there were any doubts, the right to marriage will now be universal in June.  If there was any doubt - and constitutionally there shouldn't be - they would have blocked the issuance of those marriage licenses in order to weigh in on the issue.

Frankly, I think the Court played this right, and Obama may have, too.  While it may seem like "slow walking" a civil right, it was more allowing every one to catch up with the growing consensus.  We are seeing something similar with marijuana decriminalization.

Activists want to see progress yesterday.  That's why they're activists.  But allowing minds to change before the law does is the proper way to let these issues resolve.  The one exception is actually Obama.  When he came out in favor of same sex marriage, he dragged the black congregations with him.

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