All I Want for Christmas

If I were asking Santa now for a year-end present (assuming I were not too naughty during the intervening months, and that Santa might take a request from a Jew), it would be an end to the non-stop barrage and tedium of news stories about gays, lesbians, and their “rights” and challenges and achievements in 21st-century America.

As it stands now, the torrent of headlines is enough to make you think that every news outlet in the country is a subsidiary of the Washington Blade.

Over the weekend, newspapers, websites, and news broadcasts breathlessly announced new policies of the Justice Department regarding how the DoJ will treat same-sex married couples in matters which involve the federal government.

At a Saturday night speech in Manhattan, Attorney General Eric “What Black Panthers?” Holder announced that he will “formally instruct all Justice Department employees to give lawful same-sex marriages full and equal recognition, to the greatest extent possible under the law.”

Some of the new policy’s provisions include:

  • Death benefits to same-sex spouses of law-enforcement officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.
  • The right to file for bankruptcy jointly, and to claim alimony after a divorce. (After all, as my wife says in support of gay marriage, why should only straight people have to suffer?)
  • Allowing a person to refuse to testify against his or her same-sex spouse in federal court.
  • Visitation and other rights for federal prisoners with same-sex spouses (these provisions strike me as ripe for abuse).
  • Benefits from other federal programs such as the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.
  • The federal government will ignore the law in any state which does not recognize gay marriage if any of these benefits would apply as long as the same-sex couple was legally married somewhere else.

The story led Google News’ headlines, along with many other news websites, despite the fact that the announcement should not have come as a surprise to anyone, the DoJ having telegraphed its direction months ago following the Supreme Court’s June ruling against the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), not to mention Holder’s controversial refusal to defend DOMA in court.

But that was just one of many stories within the past week premised on categorizing people by whom they are sexually attracted to, as if that’s something most Americans do or should care about — in a nation that, mercifully, is beginning not to care.

Please read the rest of my article for the American Spectator here:

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