Patterico's Pontifications

7/29/2003

POLL SHOWS BACKLASH ON GAY

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:15 am

POLL SHOWS BACKLASH ON GAY ISSUES: “Americans have become significantly less accepting of homosexuality since a Supreme Court decision that was hailed as clearing the way for new gay civil rights, a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll has found.”

This is too bad, I think. But not totally surprising. I think the problem here, as the public perceives it, is the Court’s lack of a principled reason that the latest decision won’t be read, at some point down the road, as a basis to constitutionalize gay marriage. The general principle is this: if you take away American citizens’ right to decide these sorts of issues for themselves, through the electoral process, you shouldn’t be surprised to see a backlash.

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