New York

In my notes, I don’t know who said it

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“They don’t seem to mind eternal peonage for their grandchildren as long as they can keep those homos from getting married.”

The first person who told me this election would be decided on gay marriage was a Republican operative in California, in August of 2003. I guess he was right. Maybe he was one of the people who helped make it so.

Some people think the Massachusetts Supreme Court would have been doing the patriotic thing if they just would have held off on their decision until after the election. It provides a deep moral conundrum: seize the opportunities for the advance of liberty when they come, or postpone them until the opportune political moment? I don’t have any answers, but I do have some historical perspective: this is exactly the issue Martin Luther King dealt with in his book Why We Can’t Wait. That might be an interesting text to revisit.