Friday’s Big Idea
Of all the big ideas that have risen to the top of our discourse in 2012 and will have a significant impact in 2013, there are a few ideas in particular that stand out because they have become ascendant very quickly.
The argument for gay marriage as a right, for instance, has rapidly advanced in the court of public opinion and is also likely to win in court, argues Steven Mazie. In today's lesson, Mazie shows how the leading arguments against gay marriage have unraveled in the face of a sea change in public opinion.
"If principle and logic hold," Mazie argues, and "if the Court takes an honest look at the failure of each revision of the case against marriage equality," the new consensus in favor of same-sex marriage "will be joined by a legal recognition of the equal right of gay and lesbian Americans to marry."