Peter Lawler: Locke and today’s judicial activism on marriage

Peter Lawler writing at First Things / Postmodern Conservative: “Marriage has become, we can say, individualized or Lockeanized enough that homosexuals can reasonably wonder why they are being excluded . . . What’s new is the rights-based tendency to stigmatize those opposed to same-sex marriage as unjust, as deniers of the self-evident truths that bind us all together . . . Our Court now affirms what might be called Locke’s ‘nominalism.’ Words are weapons to be used to maximize individual liberty.”