Tuesday, October 14, 2008
If we have learned anything...Yesterday, Richard Just posted an article at The New Republic on the Connecticut Supreme Court's decision on the gay marriage question. Just's article nicely summarizes the ruling, and underscores the key ideas and their implications. The ruling itself is worth reading, but check out the article for a reminder that more is at stake in this election than whose tax cut is bigger.
Excerpted from: ELIZABETH KERRIGAN ET AL. v. COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC HEALTH ET AL. (SC 17716)
Although we traditionally have viewed that right as limited to a union between a man and a woman, ‘‘if we have learned anything from the significant evolution in the prevailing societal views and official policies toward members of minority races and toward women over the past half-century, it is that even the most familiar and generally accepted of social practices and traditions often mask unfairness and inequality that frequently is not recognized or appreciated by those not directly harmed by those practices or traditions.
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