So, be calm: marriage has not changed at all.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Contrary to common report, the court did not change the definition of marriage in the recent Supreme Court ruling. That is ultra vires, beyond the powers of the court, or any court. Can the court make red into blue by declaring it so, or can it reverse the rotation of the earth by so ruling? What changed was the qualifications for obtaining a marriage license, a commodity provided by the state, enabling the couple to qualify for certain benefits provided by the state. The latter, though overlapping in one sense, has in another sense nothing whatsoever to do with the former.