I am ornery enough to never much worry about whether I am on the “right” side of History. An Indiana University historian, James H. Madison, on the other hand, writing in the Nov. 4 issue of the Indianapolis Business Journal, is worried that Hoosiers may fail to get right with history by incorporating into the Indiana Constitution a ban on same-sex marriage.
It is not clear to me how he knows that embracing same-sex marriage is necessary to align our destiny with the forces of history, but he seems quite confident about what history demands on this subject.
Professor Madison has a purpose in recruiting history for this particular political battle, and it is not to better understand the past. It is to discredit the opposition to same-sex marriage.
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