Opinion Editorial

Same-sex marriage: What now?

With the California Supreme Court's recent decision overturning the state's ban on same-sex nuptuals, Lambda Legal's Jon Davidson and the Alliance Defense Fund's Glen Lavy debate the future of gay marriage in California and the country.

  • Who decides your rights?

    Glen Lavy questions the power of courts to create personal rights by going around the democratic process. Jon W. Davidson warns of the dangers of allowing the majority to decide others' rights.

  • Why regulate marriage at all?

    Jon W. Davidson says the state has a compelling legal interest in regulating marriage and fully including same-sex couples. Glen Lavy agrees that marriage ought to be regulated, but argues that the state has ample reasons not to include homosexuals.

  • Gay marriage and the 'slippery slope'

    Glen Lavy says that the California Supreme Court’s legal reasoning could be applied to polygamous and incestuous marriages. Jon W. Davidson replies that the slippery-slope argument is a dodge to avoid the civil-rights issues behind same-sex marriage.

  • As California goes on gay marriage ...

    Jon W. Davidson says the California court’s decision will influence judicial and legislative proceedings across the country but probably won’t affect the presidential election. Glen Lavy predicts that the court’s ruling will spark a multi-state backlash similar to the one in 2004.

  • Gay marriage: Where to now?

    Glen Lavy of the Alliance Defense Fund questions the state Supreme Court's authority to alter marriage laws. Lambda Legal’s Jon W. Davidson predicts that more Californians will accept same-sex marriage before the November vote.

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