The loco weed that Governor Mike Pence and the GOP-controlled state legislature of Indiana is the latest and perhaps last gasp of the anti-homo movement. It knows it has lost and probably will lose when SCOTUS hears Obergefell v. Hodges in April. These state legislature are all the religious right has got. Which is why Dems consistently suck at playing the long game. They don’t give a shit about local politics until their paymasters at Apple et al. get miffed.
Having finished Zelizer’s onion-skin-deep but well-reported and forcefully argued account of the passage of lib legislation during the Eighty-Ninth Congress of 1965-1966 The Fierce Urgency of Now, and noted how quickly support for voting and civil rights for black Americans from clergy to chambers of commerce turned — so quickly that necks snapped — to Northern odium stoked by fears that blacks would move next door and hence start a riot, I fear a backlash, or, better, a whiplash. All it will take is a child accusing a gay parent of molesting him. Or litigants who actually do want the state to legitimate a triad. Silly, but events have moved at such blinding speed that to think of gay life before Lawrence v. Texas is for me to imagine Lucy Hayes so afraid of electric light in the White House that she refused to switch on light bulbs herself.
In the meantime — for a long time yet — we endure the bleating of a besieged minority, empowered by a self-pity as chronic as leukemia. David French, who compensates for his last name by writing the most overwrought shit for a warmongering rag, laments:
It serves to demonize the last significant constituency standing in the way of sexual revolution radicalism. After all, unless you demonize your opposition, the general public will have little appetite for forcing Christians to pay for abortion pills, forcing Christian groups to open up to atheist leadership, or forcing Christian bakers or photographers to help celebrate events they find morally offensive
I won’t link because I don’t give NRO the unique view. But I recognize the posture. After years of media tolerance, these Christianists and their lobbyists are alone for the first time in modern history.