The nation’s cultural elite are casting charges of bigotry against opponents of same-sex marriage and are “attempting to browbeat” the Supreme Court to make a favorable ruling, The Wall Street Journal editorialized
The paper said the mainstream media and others are “casting opponents as bigots for holding a position that President Obama held less than a year ago.”
“This bigotry label apparently applies even to those who favor gay marriage but would rather settle the matter democratically, state to state,” the Journal said. “So it’s reassuring that the Justices seemed to be searching for constitutional answers equal to the difficult questions.”
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The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week on California’s Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage, and the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
“Justices on the left and right seemed genuinely discomfited by the radicalism of redefining the institution for all 50 states,” the paper said. “The more than three hours of questioning proved the wisdom of such caution.”
The paper urged the justices to defer the issue to the democratic process. “The complications are another argument for the Court to rule as narrowly as possible, deferring as much as possible to democratic debate.”
The court could “help the Constitutional system, the country’s political temper and the Court’s reputation by letting the people decide how to define the core family unit of society,” the paper said.
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