03 June 2009

Alexander Cockburn in the Nation, June 15 issue:

The court's decision on May 26 to uphold the voters' ban
last year on same-sex marriage will ensure that a torrent of money pours
into California as the non-profits and political action committees on both sides
prime their bank balances for the next state initiative. Long-term, it's a shot
in the arm for the tourist industry, too. Half a century down the road, long lines
will be forming in the Castro for visitors to gawk through the window of some
antique store at the wizened last same-sex couple legally married before the
ban kicked in. Of course, it also means month after unendurable month of gays
whining on TV about the horrors of not being able to marry. Ban all marriage,
I say!

It may not happen in your lifetime, Mr. Curmudgeon-Cockburn, but I am confident that in fifty years, there will be many hundreds of young same-sex couples in California with the full force of the law behind their unions.

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