Friend and law professor Mark Osler wrote yesterday about the climate in Minnesota, both the meteorological and the political. As for the weather, it went from snow one week to 102 degrees the next. Today it’s back in the 50s. I don’t know what clothes to wear.
As for the politics, Minnesota is now the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage, moving from the brink of a constitutional ban on gay marriage to a legal embrace in a few short months. Osler writes,
A lot of theories are being advanced regarding this political whirlwind, but one thing seems clear to me: The opponents of same-sex marriage never did much to explain in a convincing way how marriage equality would hurt anyone. There was the vague assertion that it was bad for children, but that idea rested on the premise that a mother and father are intrinsically better than same-gender parents. This premise was never really and convincingly laid out in a convincing way to people who were not already committed to that side.In this country, we tend to lean towards liberty as history progresses, especially in the absence of a countervailing harm. That’s a good thing, and consistent with what the framers envisioned. Our impulse towards the expansion of liberty is not something to apologize for.