The Defense of Marriage Act and Authoritarian Morality

The Defense of Marriage Act and Authoritarian Morality

It was a foregone conclusion that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) would become law. A majority in this country believe that gay marriage is wrong and demeaning to the institution of marriage, and our politicians do a reasonably good job of representing the interests of their constituents, at least on nontechnical matters like this. Rare indeed was the member of Congress who expressed concern over the fact that the DOMA’s sole aim is to perpetuate the unequal treatment of homosexuals by defining marriage for the purposes of federal law as “a legal union between one man and one woman.”

There are both constitutional and moral problems with this inequality. Because of the constitutional problems, we may yet be saved from the law by the Supreme Court. But that is not my concern here. I want to argue that denying homosexuals the right to marry whom they love is morally unjustifiable.

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