A few days ago, I commented about a profound problem with the Supreme Court decision striking down DOMA: before DOMA, we had a societal consensus that marriage was between one man and one woman. During DOMA, we had a law that said marriage was between one man and one woman, even as the societal consensus broke down. Post-DOMA, we have nothing. There are no boundaries, and there is nothing to stop a “loving” marriage based upon bestiality, incest, pedophilia, polyamory, etc. The boundaries are gone.
In addition, the demands on government will change substantially with this “new frontier” approach to marriage. A friend of mine who knows all things military sent me this email:
The other thing I’ve been thinking about is how recent Supreme Court decisions have rendered marriage and family meaningless. For instance, if I were a young private or PFC in the military I would find another guy to get married to (contract marriages between service members are nothing new. It’s a great way for two otherwise unattached people to get free money for being married). Getting married is often the best way for service members to get themselves out of crappy barracks life so I could marry a male service member from another unit and move into my new house. We would not even have to be gay to do it. Then we could run around with as many women as we wanted and essentially be room mates and get paid a basic housing allowance (x2) for being married. If I were caught in some kind of adultery situation (hard to prove usually) I would simply state that I and my life partner are straight and though we are married we do not sleep together. Further, who is to judge how we choose to run our family/household? Anything goes according to the Supreme Court and if two gay men can get married why can’t two straight ones?
So that’s two of us figuring out that Anthony Kennedy’s decision creates tremendous societal problems. Can we add three of us or four of us? Yes, we can!
I don’t want to tread upon copyrights, so let me just direct you to Michael Ramirez’s post-DOMA cartoon and Terminal Lance’s post-DOMA cartoon (warning: ever so slightly risque). They both make the point perfectly, one with regard to society at large and the other with special focus on the military.
Andrew Klavan is right that we need to view this as a Democrat “squirrel” moment, one in which the Democrat powers that be distract their sometimes mindless constituents from more important issues such as the economy, or the fact that Syria is imploding, Egypt is on the verge of imploding, and Turkey is working towards imploding. However, we cannot ignore the legal ramifications flowing from the Supreme Court’s rulings, because these ramifications can become very expensive very quickly.
If nothing else, the end of DOMA is one more reason that the tax code and IRS should be done away with and a flat tax instituted. After all, the current tax code gives married couples distinct benefits, with an eye to advancing a stable, two-parent family. Since that’s now out the window, we better revisit where all those tax benefits are flowing.