As I write, the U.S. Supreme Court is deliberating the legality of same-sex marriage (1). Reading the daily accounts of the always intellectually stimulating, occasionally maddening exchanges between the justices and legal representatives on both sides, my response can best be characterized as dual. On the one hand, the fact that the highest court in the land is discussing this topic astounds me (having been raised in northeastern Pennsylvania in the 1970s and 1980s, where the paradigms of Roman Catholic faith and professional aspirations made up the bright and responsible kid's expected trajectory), and I hardly dare to critique the ...


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