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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Reaction to the New Jersey Decision

The stalwart Richard Kim has done such a great job parsing this decision that I don't really have anything to add, for the moment at least.

In terms of the November elections, while conservatives like James Dobson of Focus on the Family (FoF) have railed against the decision as "a travesty," it's also clear that they can barely hide their disappointment at not getting the base-galvanizing, pro-marriage decision that they were dreading/anticipating.


Try as they might, these right-wing attempts to ratchet up the gay marriage fear factor come off as rather lame. By leaving it up to the legislature to decide between gay marriage or civil union, the court dodged a bullet. And all signs indicate that the Democrat-controlled legislature and Gov. Corzine will take the easy way out and pass a civil union bill (like Vermont's or Connecticut's). It's hard to see how even the right-wing machine could turn the incredibly slim chance that the NJ legislature would pass a gay marriage bill into a viable election issue. It's a local issue now, not national. As I pointed out earlier, only same-sex marriage outright would create the possibility for gay couples to sue in federal courts for broader marriage benefits.


  • At 2:36 AM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    Actually, I'm curious about your reaction to the decision, since you're on record against gay marriage. Good, since it gets the state out of the marriage business?

  • At 2:36 AM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Well, I want the state out of all marriages, not just gay ones...

    But I think we should shift the debate to the real cause of the anxiety over household instability: not gay marriage, but neoliberalism.


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