The Dam Breaks

You knew this issue was snowballing when Bill O’Reilly noted last night that among the most ferocious opponents of marriage equality in France are Muslims and that the actual arguments are deeply lop-sided. Money quote from Papa Bear:

The compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals. That is where the compelling argument is. We’re Americans, we just want to be treated like everybody else. That’s a compelling argument, and to deny that you’ve got to have a very strong argument on the other side. And the other side hasn’t been able to do anything but thump the Bible.”

Indeed. Or a tortuous reinvention of natural law. Meanwhile, a slew of Democratic senators have come out in favor of marriage equality over the past few days. Not exactly profiles in courage at this point, but opportunism is always a better guide to politics than principle. Thoreau is amazed:

The number and range of people coming out in favor of gay marriage right now is amazing. OK, maybe not so amazing, given the opportunistic politics of it. Still, I’m impressed by the very fact that supporting gay marriage is the politically opportunistic course of action. When shameless political cowards are all on the bandwagon, something has changed.