I’m trying not to write too much about gay marriage because everyone else is writing too much about it. But, I agree with Mary Ann Glendon on this:
Finally, there is the flagrant disregard shown by judges and local officials for the rights of citizens to have a say in setting the conditions under which we live, work and raise our children. Many Americans–however they feel about same-sex marriage–are rightly alarmed that local officials are defying state law, and that four judges in one state took it upon themselves to make the kind of decision that our Constitution says belongs to us, the people, and to our elected representatives. As one State House wag in Massachusetts put it, “We used to have government of the people, by the people and for the people, now we’re getting government by four people!”
Whether one is for, against or undecided about same-sex marriage, a decision this important ought to be made in the ordinary democratic way–through full public deliberation in the light of day, not by four people behind closed doors. That deliberation can and must be conducted, as President Bush stated, “in a manner worthy of our country–without bitterness or anger.”
The most democratic legislative process in America as a whole is the amendment process. Not only must the federal government vote, but the individual states must vote too.
This amendment won’t happen unless people really want it. Of course, the odds are that it won’t ever get passed the Senate.