A. Barton Hinkle: A Constitutional Case for Gay Marriage

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When liberals and conservatives argue they often talk past each other, deploying arguments that seem like winning ones to them but that the other side views as irrelevant or unimportant. So the Cato Institute has done a great service by filing a brief in Virginia's gay marriage case that makes a conservative argument for the liberal position. What's the argument? In short, writes A. Barton Hinkle, the Constitution's Equal Protection Clause demands equal treatment for same-sex couples.

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