I predict that no matter what SCOTUS decides, the contrarian takes on what the decision really means will be epic. There are those who believe that Slate will never again match the week when it told us that Creed is underrated and that Windows 7 is the best operating system on the market, but I think it might. There’s so much potential: the decision to strike down DOMA is bad for gay marriage because it galvanizes Red Staters against teh ghey, upholding DOMA could be good because it galvanizes teh ghey, there’s no end to the possibilities.
I believe we’re witnessing the high water mark for “People should be able to do whatever they want, and it’s none of my business.” You thought the fifties were conformist? Wait until all those fabulous “confirmed bachelors” and maiden schoolteachers are expected to ditch their cute little one-bedrooms and join the rest of America in whining about crab grass, HOA restrictions, and the outrageous fees that schools want to charge for overnight soccer trips.
So giving people more civil rights is bad for freedom of choice. It’s counterintuitive!
Charles Lane says that
The court could reject the (gay marriage) advocates’ arguments, setting a negative precedent. Or it could accept them — triggering a backlash even sharper than the pro-death-penalty reaction to the court’s attempt to strike down 40 state capital punishment laws in 1972.[….]
Such concerns explain why many gay rights lawyers frowned on the filing of a federal lawsuit to overturn California’s 2008 referendum banning gay marriage.
They also explain why even supporters of gay marriage might not want the Supreme Court to precipitate the matter.
Legalizing gay marriage is bad for gay marriage. Also counterintuitive.
Anyhoo, we don’t even have a decision yet, and it’s already good news for conservatives!