No, I’m Not Interested In Round Umpty-Ump of the Freedom of Association Argument

Gay couples may soon have marriage rights but still face discrimination.

And when the Supreme Court almost inevitably legalizes marriage equality nationwide, the chasm between gay marriage and broader LGBT equality is going to expand rapidly in dozens of red states. Marriage equality was supposed to be an umbrella issue, pulling purportedly lesser gay rights into its sweep. To some extent, this strategy has succeeded: Most Americans now profess a generalized support for gay equality. But in direly reactionary states, it may take decades to convert this support into legislative action—even after the judiciary renders gay marriage a settled issue.

Most people have no idea that in a majority of states, gays have no employment protections, and can be fired simply for being gay.

And if Antonin Scalia had his way, that would be perfectly okay everywhere. In fact, it would be perfectly okay to jail gays simply for being gay.

Which is one of the reasons I have less respect or affection for the old statist crank than many here do. He may be okay on some issues, (although I think he did more damage to the Second Amendment with his Heller dicta than help), but if you smoke the wrong dope, or poke the wrong holes, he’s just fine with clapping you in prison.

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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