I can count on one finger how many times I have ever read the New Yorker. I’m not ashamed to admit that to me at least, because the attending baggage of being a New Yorker reader is much larger than the content.
The article talks about the relative tranquility and unremarkable atmosphere in the recent US Supreme Court hearings about the Defense of Marriage Act & California’s Proposition 8.
Life is not a Hollywood film, and yet, we, particularly in the media and in the public try to organise real world events in that matter.
It’s understandable, because one of our greatest teachers growing up is the entertainment industry.
Take a look at your average long-feature news report, much like a bit from a reality show, it will have music that will steer you emotionally one way or another. (This is nothing radical, Dateline NBC did a feature about this, and even poked fun at itself. For further reference, read this report from UCLA & Carelton University)
Still, that’s the great thing about the US judicial system: it asks people to take away the emotionality and make a judgement on the facts.
This is why the rather subdued environment in the Supreme Court is remarkable. The facts are that DOMA is unconstitutional.
It’s also why I wonder what will happen to the activist machinery that has been set up around the marriage equality debate.
It’s time to think beyond marriage, beyond the happy endings.