When support for gay marriage gets ugly

first_imgThe Week 21 April 2015When a school learns that one of its alums has achieved great things, the institution will usually seek to promote those accomplishments. But there are exceptions. If it’s discovered, for example, that the former student also happens to be a member of the Ku Klux Klan, or a neo-Nazi, or a convicted felon, then the school will naturally seek to downplay the connection — and to sever any explicit ties between them.To this list of offenses — normally reserved only for bigots and criminals — we can now apparently add opposing same-sex marriage.Consider the recent experience of Ryan T. Anderson.A graduate of the Quaker Friends School of Baltimore, Anderson has achieved far more than most 33-year-olds. He completed his undergraduate education at Princeton and earned a Ph.D. from Notre Dame. He has been cited by a Supreme Court justice (Samuel A. Alito, Jr., in his dissent from the majority opinion in United States v. Windsor, which struck down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act). He was recently named the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in American Principles and Public Policy at the conservative Heritage Foundation. And last week he was profiled fairly and respectfully in The Washington Post. (Headline: “The right finds a fresh voice on same-sex marriage.”)By all means, fight for your rights. Work to win the public argument. But then accept that the world is a big place, not everyone agrees with you, and those on the other side have as much right to make their (losing) case as you do.That’s what a genuinely liberal society is supposed to be all about. Do those who favor gay marriage really want to win by stamping out dissent and driving into the wilderness every person who holds a contrary position?Apparently many of them do.Well, they can go ahead and try. I just hope it doesn’t hurt their feelings too much when the rest of us call them out for behaving like petulant thugs.http://theweek.com/articles/550748/shunning-ryan-t-anderson-when-support-gay-marriage-gets-uglylast_img read more

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SpaceX brings NASA astronauts home safely

first_img“It’s truly our honor and privilege,” said pilot Doug Hurley, who was joined on the mission by commander Bob Behnken. WASHINGTON – America’s first crewed spaceship to fly to the International Space Station in nearly a decade returned safely to Earth on Sunday, splashing down in the Gulf of Mexico. The successful 64-day mission, carried out jointly by SpaceX and NASA, demonstrated that the United States has the capacity once more to send its astronauts to space and bring them back. Around an hour after splashdown, the astronauts exited the capsule and headed for shore on a helicopter. They would then take a plane to Houston, where they will reunite with their families. (AFP) It was the first water landing for a crewed US spaceship since the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz mission. NASA astronauts Robert Behnken (left) and Douglas Hurley are seen inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft onboard the SpaceX GO Navigator recovery ship shortly after having landed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, Sunday, August 2, 2020. AP The SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavor splashed into the water off Pensacola, Florida at 2:48 p.m. (2:48 a.m. in Manila), trailed by its four main parachutes.last_img read more

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