Conservatives vs Federalism

Massie responds to Dreher:

The idea that permitting a tiny number of people to marry one another is likely to be the tipping point that finally destroys the institution of marriage seems to grant enormous power and influence to gay couples. I confess I find this improbable. No-one is forcing Rod to be happy with same-sex marriage, merely that the state grant certain right and responsibilities to those who marry one another under a civil, not a religious, blessing.

And if Federalism means anything, it means embracing the idea of live and let live.This may be especially true when the matters being legislated upon are controversial and arouse fierce passions. There's virtue in a state-by-state and incremental approach. And of course, states may also say no, even if one might prefer them to legislate otherwise.