Tag Archives: Defense of Marriage Act

Conceding the Inevitable

Everyone has to end up somewhere. Still it’s odd to have ended up here in Hollywood, a block up the street from the Sunset Strip, a few doors up from the quiet apartment building from the thirties where F. Scott … Continue reading

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When Things Actually Change

A few weeks kicking around alone in Paris each December can be bad for you. There’s too much history there, involving far too many philosophers, who spent far too much time sitting in cafés being world-weary, in a sophisticated deeply … Continue reading

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Gideon’s Trumpet Again

Anthony Lewis recently passed away – the man who made America actually pay attention to the Supreme Court. Someone had to explain what was going on after the 1954 Brown decision that declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white … Continue reading

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Determining Standing

Marriage is a wonderful institution, but as they say, anyone committed to an institution ought to be. That’s a joke, or maybe it isn’t. People get divorced all the time, and remarry, often again and again, hoping to get it … Continue reading

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On Stopping History

William F. Buckley once said that a conservative is “someone who stands athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.” That was … Continue reading

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Flying Solo

June weddings are traditional, but July weddings will do just fine, and Barney Frank just got married: It was by choice that Rep. Barney Frank came out of the closet 25 years ago – not the first gay congressman, but … Continue reading

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America’s Day in Court

Perhaps we are a litigious people – everyone wants to sue everyone else – but of course hardly anyone does. It’s just too much bother, and it’s damned expensive. And if you deal with your bank or your healthcare plan, … Continue reading

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