Supreme Court must defend equality
In his dissenting opinion in United States v. Windsor, Justice Antonin Scalia laments that, in invalidating the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Supreme Court has pawned the gift of democracy that the Founding Fathers left us. [“Victories for gay marriage, but still not law of land,” page one, June 27.]
Indeed, Scalia writes so glowingly about the merits of democratic decision-making, and so derisively of the institution in which he sits, one might be tempted to ask him if he doesn’t wonder at times why the Founding Fathers didn’t merely write that the will of the majority will out.
Justice Scalia is well aware that majorities can be capricious, tyrannical and wrong. He just doesn’t think that DOMA is any of these things. He writes, “to defend traditional marriage is not to condemn, demean, or humiliate those that would prefer other arrangements.”
DOMA denied legally married homosexual couples tangible federal monetary and statutory benefits that it granted to legally married heterosexual couples. How can this be anything other than blatant discrimination?
The Founding Fathers left us other gifts in addition to our democracy. They left us a Constitution within which can be found a guarantee for equal protection under the law, and they left us another gift in the Supreme Court’s power to tell us that, no, sometimes the will of the majority does not will out.
Stephen Crotts, Edmonds
Tuesday’s five to four
of race and hate.
it’s a case of
love and marriage
as well as
Five to four
Five to four
At least one side
What a strange elite
decided just by
Kerry Ruffler, Seattle