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    I was pleasantly surprised by Maureen Dowd's column. I stopped enjoying her columns a long time ago, with a few exceptions. This was one of them.

    I also liked the part in the main editorial describing an exchange between Justice Scalia and Theodore Olson:

    Justice Antonin Scalia, with his familiar sarcasm, said: “I’m curious. When did it become unconstitutional to exclude homosexual couples from marriage?” Mr. Olson politely answered with two questions: “When did it become unconstitutional to prohibit interracial marriages? When did it become unconstitutional to assign children to separate schools?”
    •  And Scalia responded that it was 1868 (4+ / 0-)
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      with the ratification of the 14th Amendment, which was intended to address the issue of race, but of course does nothing on the issue of sexual orientation.

      Scalia will argue to his dying day that for the Constitution to REQUIRE marriage equality will require explicit language to that affect,, and thus an Amendment.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 11:18:06 AM PDT

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        I hadn't read that - haven't read a lot of it, I admit. I should have known Scalia would have a ready come-back :)

        I suppose I was hoping it would silence him, if only for a moment, because when I read it, I was thinking "it became unconstitutional when there was a Supreme Court with some courage and vision." I didn't think about the Amendment business.

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