Calvin Freiburger

Prop. 8 Rejection Shows That Marriage Still Isn’t Safe from Judicial Tyranny

Posted on August 5 2010 7:00 pm
Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College. He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.

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As usual, the Left is reacting to the overturn of Proposition 8 with their trademark restraint and grace. And by “restraint and grace” I mean “rank demonization.” At the Daily Beast, Michelle Goldberg gushes that “bigotry” has “take[n] a hit”:

Most people who followed the Proposition 8 trial expected Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker to overturn California’s same-sex marriage ban. Still, the scope and breadth of the decision is thrilling. In clear, cogent prose, Walker systematically eviscerated every hackneyed canard and bad-faith assertion offered by religious conservatives to justify rank bigotry against gays and lesbians.

“Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license,” Walker wrote. “Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples. Because California has no interest in discriminating against gay men and lesbians, and because Proposition 8 prevents California from fulfilling its constitutional obligation to provide marriages on an equal basis, the court concludes that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional,” the judge ruled.

Ponder, for a moment, the incredible lack of self-awareness that it takes to complain about bad-faith assertions from the other side and accusing that side of rank bigotry in the same breath. Goldberg doesn’t bother to address the arguments for traditional marriage; she simply asserts that they’ve always been a pretext for gay hatred and religious devotion to gender roles (well, somebody in this case was driven by gender roles…). Hilariously, she asserts that the only reason conservatives‘ homophobic rage hasn’t been noticeable lately is that we’ve been too busy hating black people (“Lately, homophobia has been a bit less salient in our politics, racial grievances having momentarily overtaken anxiety about gender.”).

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