Maggie Gallagher has been doing some reading, and she's found that Richard Epstein, a libertarian legal theorist, opposes the way the Department of Justice and the lower courts have been chipping away at the Defense of Marriage Act. She approvingly quotes Epstein:
I … think that the DOJ's faint-hearted advocacy is no way to run a legal system…. Nor is it wise for courts to use the equal protection clause as a club against conventional morality, deeply felt.
In the title of her posting, Gallagher calls these decisions that merely allow same-sex partners of federal employees access to federally mandated family benefits (such as health and dental coverage, at issue in the Gill vs Office of Personal Management) sabotage of electoral politics and morality.
Strange, but the question of equal protection isn't about reflecting the moral judgment of the majority. It's about ensuring minority rights and protections. And saying it is a question of "deeply felt" moral conviction is to betray the expressed intent and justification of the law, that of "responsible procreation." Turns out the DOMA was really just majoritarian moralizing all along, only dressed up as a public health initiative. Thanks, Maggie Gallagher, for pulling the curtain back.