perhaps. But if they'd lost a series of legislative battles? Then they simply would have lost - and done so through the will of the people. Losing through the will of Justice Kennedy is a very different thing, and it shapes and fuels the reaction.Originally Posted by CriticalThought
Someone (I think it was Adonis) pointed out the parallel with Abortion, and it's a good one. Top-down Judicial decisions on controversial social issues do not end debates. Nor will the fight over SSM be pushed solely by the traditional marriage side in the future. Institutions full of people that have built entire careers, entire self-images, and meaning, out of being warriors for The Cause are not going to give up just because they won. They are going to go look for new fights, new villains to highlight in mass emails asking for donations, new ways to continue to justify their existence.
It only gets uglier from here.