SLOW DOWN, GIRL
Leave it to comedic genius Stephen Colbert to sort through the news and find exactly
what you need to hear. The staunch LGBT ally used his latest weekly segment—”The Word”—to publicize arguments in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act
, and as always, made more sense of it than any working politician could. It doesn’t take much to throw Paul Clement (the “super-straight, super-lawyer” defending DOMA before the Supreme Court) under the bus, but Colbert manages to find two especially strange Clement quotes that are already poking holes in his case.
“Marriage should be limited to [unions of a man and a woman] because they alone can ‘produce unplanned and unintended offspring.’” —Paul Clement, Los Angeles Times, January 26, 2013
“…gays and lesbians … have attained more legislative victories, political power, and popular favor in less time than virtually any other group in American history … given that the ultimate inquiry focuses on whether a group needs the special intervention of the courts … the political strength of gays and lesbians in the political process should be outcome determinative here.” —Paul Clement, January 22, 2013
Basically, Paul Clement thinks we’ve come too far, too fast. Isn’t that a good thing? Go us!
The arugment is aimed at Scalia, who has said in the past that gays are winning rights because they are so politically powerful, and therefor don’t need court ordered rights.
Of course, Scalia is already voting against us, so you would think that Clement would aim for the moderates and the liberals, but he must think he can get five votes with this argument.