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Burt Likko

Pseudonymous Portlander. Homebrewer. Atheist. Recovering Republican. Recovering Catholic. Recovering divorcé. Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Ordinary Times. Relapsed Lawyer, admitted to practice law (under his real name) in California and Oregon. On Twitter, to his frequent regret, at @burtlikko. House Likko's Words: Scite Verum. Colite Iusticia. Vivere Con Gaudium.

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  1. Burt – that original post at Not a Potted plant was a major revelation for me when I first read it a couple of years ago. This post is equally good.Report

  2. Avatar Jaybird says:

    The argument that gay marriage is similar to interracial (what an ugly, misused term!) marriage is one that never makes sense to me.

    I swear to whomever, though, those who oppose gay marriage sound exactly like those who opposed interracial marriage.Report

    • Avatar Rufus F. says:

      Yeah, we don’t call them interracial marriages anymore- just marriages. I’m guessing the terms ‘gay marriage’ or ‘same sex marraige’ will eventually fall out of use in the same way.Report

      • Avatar Burt Likko says:

        Remember, though, that in 1967, such a marriage was a big enough deal that it did warrant a special phrase, one used pejoratively and in the clumsy language of the era. There isn’t any good way I could think of to avoid the legacy of language when grappling with these issues.Report

  3. Avatar Barry says:

    “*The trial judge famously linked racism to religion to justify his decision: “Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.” Both advocates and critics of religion should find this equally offensive, albeit for slightly different reasons.”

    I love this (in the sense of wanting to make that judge physically eat those words, inscribed on untanned skunk hide which was left out in the summer sun for a few days). By that standard, the whole African to New World slave trade was a serious offense against God. But I doubt that he’d d*mn those who did it, and I notice that he didn’t propose a ‘cure’ for this alleged blasphemy.Report

  4. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    Same-sex marriage is a banner under which we should all be able to unite: those of us with no animus against same-sex relations as a simple manner of fairness, and those who consider them an abomination after the simple reflection that there’s nothing like same-sex marriage to reduce the amount of same-sex sex.Report