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A rational call for tolerance

Timothy Kincaid

July 15th, 2013

We have won the war over equality (though the battle rages on) and we must now begin to think of what kind of victors we shall be. Will we demand the spoils of war, or will we help rebuild and respect local and individual cultural mores. Will we be tolerant with those who have disagreed or who continue to disagree?

Orson Scott Card has recently illustrated the most absurd end of the spectrum of responses. His call for “tolerance” is nothing more than a demand that those who won the war now enrich those they defeated.

But there may be other who do deserve tolerance, or at least autonomy. Bart Hinkle, in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, makes a case for such.

It was a great day when the Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and threw out a California case that could have undermined gay marriage in the Golden State. On that day, gay and lesbian citizens won something profoundly important: acknowledgment of the right to live as they choose, without interference from others who think they know better.

Now the question is: Will gay and lesbian citizens acknowledge that everybody else has the same right? Some certainly will. But others are challenging the notion – and thereby undermining the case for their own hard-won victory.

It’s a thoughtful piece and worth consideration.