Former Senator James DeMint has written an interesting defense of bigotry. In it, he claims that equal rights diminshes the "dignity" of the oppressor. That is, the bigot's "dignity" must be protected by enforcing by law his hate. Only if you are diminished will the bigot have his right to oppress others vindicated.
Some people can’t seem to understand why anyone would support marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Indeed, Justice Anthony Kennedy argued last week that the only reason Congress had for passing the Defense of Marriage Act was to “disparage,” “injure,” “degrade,” “demean,” and “humiliate” others. Justice Kennedy says we’re denying dignity to people in same-sex relationships.Morning Bell: Do Traditional Marriage Supporters Deserve to Be Treated with Dignity?
But it is his ruling that denies dignity to those who don’t think a same-sex relationship is a marriage. His ruling denies dignity to the millions of Americans and their elected officials who have voted to pass laws that tell the truth about marriage.
Already, however, we have seen that those in favor of redefining marriage are willing to use the coercive force of law to marginalize and penalize those who hold the historic view of marriage—even if it means trampling First Amendment religious liberty protections along the way.
Yes, the "dignity" of the haters is being denied by a loving marriage of two men or two women. Love denies the "dignity" of hate. And it should.