A reader writes:
I found Robert Stacy McCain's comment "give 'em an inch and they'll take a mile", to be more than ironic. Throughout the 90s, the civil union compromise was on the table. Had conservatives taken this option, they could have de-coupled the "marriage" issue from the "civil rights" issue. Better yet, we could have eliminated civil marriage altogether and handed out civil unions for all citizens, leaving the M-word to the churches. Even as recently as this year, conservatives rejected yet another such opportunity in Utah, as you reported. Now, it's too late for compromise. As you say, the gay community can see the mountaintop.
Because they would not give that inch, social conservatives will now lose the whole mile.