Jonathan Chait has a column about how the changing views of Maggie Gallagher show the inevitable decline of the anti-equality arguments concerning marriage. She hasn’t changed her view on whether gay couples should be allowed to marry, of course, but she’s certainly change her reactions to the reality of what has happened over the last ten years.
As Chait notes, she initially held out great hope that public opinion would continue to be on her side despite the evidence that young people were strongly pro-equality. She constructed all kinds of rationalizations for why the accumulating data on the growing public acceptance didn’t really represent the truth she sought to deny. Faced with a torrent of evidence on this, she pretended that young people would reverse themselves, saying, “Right now, it’s ‘cool’ to be pro-gay marriage. In ten years, it will be what the old folks think.” Wishful thinking at its most incoherent.
But now, Gallager seems resigned to the inevitability that she has lost this battle, no matter what the Supreme Court rules on the present cases. So now she takes solace in the “fact” that God is on her side and we’ll all get ours when we die:
What future commentators write about me (if they write about me at all which I doubt) when I am dead won’t matter much. I will by then be in the hands of a Judge both just and (thankfully) merciful, a world where truth counts. I’m not triumphal about that fact, I suspect we will all be surprised to discover first-hand how dark the sins we justified in this world really are — when our self-imposed veils of ignorance are removed. We’ll see how much we all require mercy. In the meantime let’s love each other as best we can, but always, always in truth.
Wow, that is just dripping with pathos. Future generations will think about Gallagher exactly what I already think about her: She’s a bigot who devoted her life to denying equality to those her barbaric god disapproves of. And guess what? Nearly every bigot in history has comforted themselves with the thought that they were on the side of the angels, but they all ended up being viewed as they truly were by future generations. The same will happen to Gallagher. Hell, it’s already happening.