Re: "What justices are really saying about gay marriage" (thenewstribune.com).
In his op-ed, Noah Feldman tells us about some of the things the U.S. Supreme Court justices are likely thinking as they address same-sex marriage.
One thing they are almost certainly mulling over is that for years, the church and married adults have cozied up to the government seeking a panoply of special rights and privileges. And so a raft of laws were passed benefiting married couples over unmarried adults.
In retrospect, many in the church might now regret involving the state in marriage at all, because now that the state’s involved, the Constitution comes into play, along with its pesky requirement of equal protection.
Some bright judges on the Pierce County bench have been heard to say that sometimes the problem with the law is that participants get what they ask for; this may well be the ironic problem faced by conservatives who, for a long, long time involved the state in writing big marriage benefits into the law.