April 7, 2009

WELL, THIS IS HOW IT SHOULD BE DONE: Vermont Legislature Legalizes Gay Marriage. Though I’ve argued elsewhere before (coauthor Kopel didn’t entirely agree) that judicially recognized gay marriage is reasonable, there’s no question that, politically, this is something that’s much better done by legislatures than by courts. The big question is whether Obama will have the guts to push for a repeal of the Clinton-signed Defense Of Marriage Act. Given Obama’s lukewarm support for gay marriage, and his strongest supporters’ role in voting in Proposition 8 in California, I kind of doubt that he will. Without that repeal, of course, Vermont marriages won’t be respected in many other states.

Much more at Memeorandum.

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