The last week has been good for homosexuals. Most recently, the Vermont legislature overrode Governor James Douglas’s veto of a bill legalizing gay marriage. The vote was pretty lopsided in favor of gay marriage. Just four days before that, the Iowa Supreme Court came down with a decision making it illegal for the state to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. The Iowa decision was a big deal, primarily because it came from the “heartland,” hitherto the bastion of “traditional values.”

The Iowa court’s decision is important for another less tangible reason. What is extraordinary about the document, the text of the ruling, is its lack of bullshit. Once all the legal mumbo jumbo is dispensed with, it gets right to the core of the issue. Are these homos human beings or not? If they are, then… More…