Oh. My. God.
I agree with Dick Cheney. As far as I can tell, Dick Cheney's position is exactly the one presented in Jonathan Rauch's serious, well-argued book, Gay Marriage. To wit: a) Gay marriage is necessary as a matter of equality, and ought to be the law and; b) It's the sort of matter that ought to be left to the states to hash out, and not interfered in by the courts and; c) The Defense of Marriage Act is sufficient to keep some states from legislating for the rest. That is, gay marriage ought to be the law, but it also ought to be brought into existence through orthodox, constitutional means. I think this is probably a position that would find agreement among 3/4 of the American public--and not only that, it's right. It's not the position of the activists on either side (the gay rights groups are happy to have this rammed through by the courts, and the conservatives think that gay marriage is an abomination), but it makes sense. On the basis of this, I'm almost willing to forgive Dick Cheney for his role in twisting intelligence in the run-up to the war.