Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Big Government

Whether it's the Schiavo mess, restrictions to personal reproductive choices, or our state of borrow-and-spend budgeting, many people who are small-government types are starting to distrust the neocon-tainted GOP. I think that the argument over gay marriage is similarly entangled with our government's inability to keep its eyes out of our bedrooms and its hands out of our pockets. And stories like these make it clear why we cannot accept restrictions to gay marriage simply because domestic partner options are sufficient.

But in a broader scope, we cannot accept restrictions to gay marriage because our government was designed to protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority, especially when greater freedoms are sought. (I wonder, how closely does this mirror arguments presented by the NRA?)

It seems like we're in a bizarro world, however. In cases like reproductive rights the majority has been subjugated by the tyranny of a temporarily more powerful minority; so it's no wonder why Connecticut is rebelling against Joe Lieberman. Let's hope to see more of the same call to arms.


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