Striking Down DOMA Won’t Cause a ‘Backlash’ Against Gay Marriage

Striking Down DOMA Won’t Cause a ‘Backlash’ Against Gay Marriage

With two gay marriage cases before the Supreme Court this week, there has been some hand-wringing that the Court could somehow go too far and engender a backlash against LGBT rights. The narrative goes something like this:

The Court acted too quickly by recognizing a right to abortion in Roe v. Wade and we’ve been fighting about it ever since. If the Court had simply let the political process run its course, ultimately all states would have adopted laws liberalizing abortion and the matter would be settled. Support for gay rights is on the upswing; better for the Court not to interfere with this momentum lest we spend the next 40 years or more fighting about that, too.

The problem with the backlash narrative is twofold: 1) It is historically inaccurate, and 2) it fails to treat abortion and marriage as the fundamental rights that they are.

This article was originally published in The Atlantic.