So I hear that some 3-5% of Americans are now have legal blessing and sanction to do what they've been doing all of their lives. This is good news, presuming what they've been doing is good. I think it most likely that what they have been doing is indeed good for them and their local communities. (And therefore has been none of my business) I've always believed that the government has an interest in domestic tranquility. Blessed be the tranquil.
On the other hand, I don't expect that the sort of activist crusaders who have been pursuing an agenda of 'equality' are going to shut up and go home, but will cast about for something perverse that they will cast as only 'counter-intuitive' as they continue in their quest to remake America.
The success of such activists will not change hearts nor minds but only change laws and invest government with more intrusive powers, especially as they trump up the significance of identity. I am confident that they will paraphrase Trotsky in response to my disinterest in identity politics and assert that identity politics are interested in me. Identity politics will always be corrosive of liberty. Spare me your special regard.
If what I think about this Supreme Court decision is true, it will not affect my life one iota, because I know better than to invest in systems that are fucked beyond reform. It won't surprise me when it ultimately fails and when some other entity takes over its more crucial functions.
Divestment in the Progressive State
Let me be specific. My first glance at the Thomas and Scalia dissents lead me to believe that they are arguing (as I might have expected) that liberty and rights were not at issue, and the idea that 'love wins' and 'gay dignity' are essentially none of the government's business. This has been my position for many years and I thought it was a bad idea even in California to make the question of gay marriage into a state constitutional issue. I understand that political activists have *made* it the governments business and that they want political correctness (even 'gay pride' if you will) to be the law of the land. And I always think about how the law will be policed and what powers you give to police, and people know that I'm very pro-police. So in my perfect world, police are always bashing the heads of crooks, but there are only a few things that are against the law. This is the common sense reaction of anybody who gets a speeding ticket - hey officer why aren't you busting the *real* criminals. to which the cop rightfully says STFU, you violated the law.
You and I and everybody in the nation now knows that if you don't bake a gay cake, you lose your business. If you don't buy Obamacare, you get taxed. It's the law. So how much law do you want? You want enough law to maintain civilization, basically rights. I'm one of the guys who is pro-Liberty (lots of implications there), but here it all comes down to Liberty vs Dignity.
So basically the more the law says, the more law is on the books, the less likely I am to respect the next new law. 10 Commandments are not enough, 600 Hammurabic Codes may be sufficient in a small enough society. 10 million laws need 10 million police, and I'm not going to respect a police state. Sorry. I'm already disinvested in American politics, especially politics that want to cede more power and authority away from local people and put more and more emphasis on central government.
So it seems to me at first glance that we are getting more and more stuff decided at the Supreme Court level over issues the country is split over, but most importantly it's being done with no respect for the difference between rights and privileges. So my Lefty friends can take Citizens United v. FEC as the other side of the very same coin. Corporations can have individual rights protected by the Constitution too. That's what happens when you meddle with the definitions of Liberty and Rights at the Constitutional level with the Supreme Court. It can go to shit very quickly.
I want to be invested in human traditions that stand the test of time. There is too much political thrash in America. I expect that there are more than enough places in America where I will be perfectly comfortable for the rest of my life, but I'm not invested in all this mindless change that poses as 'progress'.
The Shrill Prognostication
Yeah I would be a lot more happy with a standard of 'common law marriage' which I think is the defacto standard. But I tell you what's coming next is the complete erosion of women's protections in family court. Watch and see when a gay couple divorces and a man decides to change his sex to female in order to get custody of the children. Mark my words it's going to be a shitstorm, and men's rights organization are going to have a field day.
All of this is really nothing new. I'm not sure I have anything further to say except that I regret using so many curse words. But, the above is what I said in Facebook, so I'm on record being a shrill asshat. The better stuff lies in my past when I wasn't so far past caring. Try 2009.