Chris Christie: Before we overturn hundreds of years of societal & religious tradition, we should put it to a vote! Racism. Sexism. Anti-Semitism.
There are two opposing principles in America: individual rights, and majority rule. In so many areas, it is the Right, with their talk of individual liberty and denunciations of big government, who champion the rights of the individual over the will of the majority, using the Constitution as a wall to block the majority from having its way. On this issue, however, the reverse is true. On this issue the Right becomes the champion of long-established privilege and prejudice, denying to MY church and MY minister the right to marry the gay couples in our congregation because THEIR churches and THEIR ministers disapprove. Talk about “government regulation”! And they cite majority will and states’ rights (which they happily ignore in other areas like gun control) in defense of their position. Fortunately, the tide appears to be turning on this one. In the eyes of the rising generation, gay marriage appears perfectly dull, not horrifying. In another 50 years most people will wonder what all the fuss was about, as they now do in regard to inter-racial marriage. If the Right was consistent in its small-government, let-the-individual-decide- for-himself principles, it would be saying: “If you don’t like guns, don’t buy one. If you don’t like seatbelts or motorcycle helmets, don’t wear them. If you don’t like alcohol or tobacco, don’t use them. If you don’t like gay marriage don’t have one. If you don’t like abortion, don’t get one. And leave the rest of us the heck alone!” That would at least make sense.