From 2003 to 2009, I wrote a series of historically grounded papers that reached the common conclusion that marriage equality was a radical departure from the western tradition and so, for that reason, should be rejected as a matter of public policy.
I have now changed my mind. While there is no question that marriage equality dramatically departs from what has gone before, I now find support within the same western tradition for expanding the definition of marriage to include loving, committed same-sex unions.
Professionally, I am both a lawyer and an historian. These two sides of my brain co-exist in what is, for the most part, a creative tension. The lawyer-brain looks at public policy in the urgency of the moment, while the historian-brain pulls me to look at the deep picture and to warn me to be cautious about abrupt social change.
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