I am truly amazed at the sudden groundswell of support for gay marriage. In two days, I will be travelling to San Francisco to participate in the (heterosexual) marriage of my partner's brother, and while there I intend to go down to city hall and offer up moral support.
But, honestly, I am dumbfounded by this turn of events; if you had suggested to me a few months ago that county clerks from California, to New Mexico, to New York, to Oregon, would suddenly begin enforcing the equal protection clause, I would have scoffed. But here it is. It is happening, and I expect the conservatives in power now view the situation with glee, as it can only serve to mobilize the "cultural conservative" base which has supported them for so long.
However, I think the Republicans have overplayed their hands on this, as on so many, things. Pushing for a Constitutional amendment simply illustrates how extreme they are, how far they are willing to go in debasing American democracy to further partisan ends. As if their regressive tax cuts aren't enough, showing their commitment to capitalism to be far more fundamental than any commitment to democracy, now they have to enact a theocratic move to esconce their version of marriage in the Constitution.
The government, let it be said, has no place dealing in the "sacred." This is why amendments regarding the "desecration" of the flag are absurd, and this is why amendments regarding the "sanctity" of marriage are equally misguided.