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When Should Judges Defer?

Note – Will and I exchanged a few emails on judicial activism, cultural change, and the courts’ public legitimacy in the wake of the Iowa gay marriage ruling. We’ve published an edited version below: Will: I’ve enjoyed your and Dave’s posts on originalism – are you familiar with Rosenberg’s “hollow hope” argument against court-instigated progressive change?…

It’s just those damned activist judges again, making trouble for the rest of us….

“The lawless judicial attack on traditional marriage and on representative government continues.” ~ Ed Whelan @ NRO writing on Friday’s landmark decision by the Iowa Supreme Court to lift that State’s ban on gay marriages. The first thing that strikes me as ironic about this statement is that in all likelihood, had the court implemented…

It’s a generation thing…

So, a few thoughts on this video (via Andrew): First of all, this is awesome.  The Westboro Baptist “Church” is a blight on this nation and on this planet.  (They’re going to boycott the funeral of Paul Harvey???)   I’ve heard of other groups who try to oppose them as well – namely the Patriot…

pragmatics first

Hey, why would someone like me be more invested in building a legal defense of gay marriage specifically and a larger lattice of rights to defend gay people generally? Why, maybe because of things like girls getting kicked out of their private high schools because the administration of said high school believes them to be…

Western Civilization and Same Sex Marriage

An important thing to note when discussing various forms of conservatism is the difference, often-overlooked, between social and cultural conservatism; or perhaps better phrased, religious or fundamentalist conservatism, vs Civilization Conservativism (and in this context, Western Civilization).  This is especially important a distinction when examining social changes, as well as legal changes that have cultural…