Tuesday, May 3, 2011

How change happens

The law firm of King and Spalding has withdrawn from defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court. The elite firm had been hired by the U.S. House of Representatives after the Obama administration announced that it considers DOMA to be unconstitutional and will no longer defend it. Shortly after taking the case, King and Spalding had a change of heart and claimed that its engagement had been improperly vetted by internal review.

The Economist has an interesting spin on the significance of King and Spalding's rejection of the case. I think they put it nicely:
This is the way social justice happens. Not with a bang, but with white-shoe law firms becoming uncomfortable taking certain kinds of cases.

I've noticed a change recently on the large LDS blogs I read. Virtually no one defends the LDS Church's position against civil recognition for gay families anymore. Virtually no one tries to justify the Church's blanket condemnation of committed same-sex relationships anymore. There's been a huge change since Prop. 8 several years ago, when you would find bloggers on the large LDS blogs standing up for the Church on this issue. That's all gone now.

To paraphrase The Economist: This is how social justice happens. Not with a bang, but with well-educated Mormon bloggers becoming uncomfortable taking certain stands on social issues.


Anonymous said...

Will be interesting to see how similar themes play out with the Supreme Court review of Prop 8. A few years ago a book about the Supreme Court suggested that openly gay clerks were a major factor in the overturning of anti-sodomy laws. They weren't vocal advocates, they were just there; how can you turn against someone you work with every day?

MoHoHawaii said...

Hi Santorio,

I think this is really true. It's hard to turn against someone you see every day. This is probably what's going on with the better-educated Mormon bloggers. They know gay people.

Pablo said...

Amen to the post and the comments above. The arc continues to bend toward justice.

MoHoHawaii said...

Hi Pablo,

Thanks for the comment.