The striking thing about Iowa, aside from the unprecedented unanimity expressed simply as “Affirmed. All justices concur,” is the sense that finally, finally, a court has said what is so painfully self-evident. This ruling was inevitable. It’s as if the grownups have finally come home and put an end to nonsense like the “oops” argument. Sullivan:
From the abstracts and summaries, it’s clear that the actual arguments for limiting marriage to 97 percent of the population, while denying it to 3 percent, no longer hold in reasonable minds. Once you have accepted sexual orientation as a fixed and profound part of someone’s identity, and once civil marriage is not restricted to those with children, it is simply very, very hard to find a secular argument for denying critical civil rights under constitutions that guarantee formal equality.
It’s so hard to find viable secular arguments, in fact, that Peter LaBarbera of the anti-gay activist group “Americans for Truth About Homosexuality” agrees; he says in his press release that anti-gay activists should give up on that approach entirely.
I’m afraid that the pro-family movement – eager to provide secular, public-policy arguments against ‘gay marriage’ – has failed to convey the monstrous evil of expanding, state-sanctioned homosexualism [sic] in our midst. Our Creator is pure, perfect and holy, and homosexual behavior is diametrically opposed to His will for people’s lives and His purpose for sex within the healthy boundaries of marriage, for the procreation of children.
So there you have it: The way forward for those who are unhappy with civil marriage equality is to argue that it is diametrically opposed to their personal religious belief about the nature of human sexuality; that this religious belief is the only one deserving of special consideration; and that it should be imposed upon everyone else, regardless of whether they share it. Just because.
Sounds like a good plan to me.