Jerrold Heyman: Ramifications of same-sex law

December 30, 2013 

In the Dec. 27 editorial “Stance in Utah,” you pointed to the fact that the court has overturned the Utah state constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage. The conclusion you draw is that the N.C. constitutional amendment is also at risk of being overturned – for that same reason.

What I find interesting is that you ignore that a court has struck down the polygamy law in Utah. Is this something that N.C. (and the rest of the nation) should also be ready to accept?

In his 2003 dissent in Lawrence, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia warned, “State laws against bigamy, same-sex marriage, adult incest, prostitution ...” would be called into question. At the time, everyone thought he was grandstanding, but now we know he was prophetic. Are we ready for this brave new world or does the editorial staff draw the line somewhere?

Jerrold Heyman


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