Saturday, July 4, 2015

The trouble with the 'dignity' of same-sex marriage

At our most excellent meeting on the Lawrence v. Texas book, we spent some time talking about the supreme court marriage decision. In this article, Jonathan Turley discusses some of the potential consequences of Justice Kennedy's findings of a right to dignity in his SCOTUS opinions.

Friday, July 3, 2015

We are All the Same / Different

Afterwards, of course, it became clear to me what I wanted to say.

In Lawrence v. Texas and other gay rights cases there’s a dual track appeal to liberty and to equality. Liberty celebrates, or least permits, Difference. Equality eliminates or ignores it. We are not Other in the respect to which we are all equal. (We wouldn’t be equal in that respect otherwise.) The safer approach for petitioners has been that gay people and straight people are essentially (!?) the same and so it’s unfair for gay people to be treated differently. This has been the preferred approach because it doesn’t “frighten the horses.” It stays far away from "organs and orifices.”

This mainstreaming was perhaps the appropriate approach in Obefgefell v. Hodges, and earlier in Perry v. Schwarzenegger. But it qualifies the celebration we feel for Lawrence v. Texas. In Bowers v. Hardwick a predominantly Liberty (-tarian) approach had been tried and failed. It is certainly better to have won than to have lost, but I applaud the under-sung hero of Flagrant Conduct, Lane Lewis who said:

The Supreme Court never had the right or authority to take away my right to express love or sex through sodomy … Why are we all down on our knees thanking them for giving us something they should never have taken away?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Fragrant Contact

And speaking of which …

Michael Crawford's cartoon appeared in the August 2, 2004 issue of The New Yorker. Aside from the general hilarity of litigators' prophylactic briefs, can anyone spot the topicality of this cartoon?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Pulp Cover Resource

—and for those who want more

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Which is the Bride, which the Groom?

Our own Monica Hesse published this story in the Post  last Wednesday. It's a fun, cute story (and I don't mean that as dismissively as it sounds), but I wonder why she went so far afield … Waycross, GA!?  I hope there's going to be a companion piece next Wednesday on gay newly weds in Anacostia!

Also I would have liked more reporting on Dustyn's roots in Waycross. In my experience it makes a huge difference whether or not difference is home grown.

Thursday, May 21, 2015


The goings-on of this tribe was discussed last night, if briefly, and I've discovered that they are the people that dealt with Michael Rockefeller when he disappeared in New Guinea many years ago. The true story of his disappearance and the circumstances thereof make for gruesome reading. See the Smithsonian article.

"Fun Home" Truly Is Fun!

Back in August 2007, we discussed Alison Bechdel's graphic novel,
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. Several years ago, it was turned into a musical that ran off-Broadway from 2013 to 2014, and is now  on Broadway (and nominated for several Tony Awards, including best musical). I got to see the show during my recent "culture vulture" excursion to the Big Apple, and enthusiastically recommend it. Here's hoping Signature or some other enterprising theater company brings it to D.C. soon!