John Deeth Blog: Equality if we can keep it, Part 1
Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog
Varnum v. Brien is a beginning, not an end. It's a beginning of both a
new era of equality and a political shooting war. "A republic, if you
can keep it," said Franklin, and now we have equality if we can keep
it. As we engage the marriage debate in Iowa and define the terms of
debate, think back to the Kennedy years. In Engel v. Vitale in 1962,
the Supreme Court ruled against officially sponsored and organized
school prayer. In its way, that ruling was ahead of the curve of
public opinion as Varnum v. Brien is now. President Kennedy did not
denounce "judicial activism" and "legislating from the bench."
Instead, he said: "We have in this case a very easy remedy, and that
is to pray ourselves."