A reader writes:

As long as there is religion to tout that abortion or being gay is wrong or immoral there will be masses fighting against it. But to be for one and not the other, seems rather hypocritical to me. Like your rights are better than mine. I guess what I am saying is don't try to knock down my rights while fighting for your own. Whether you agree with them or not, the point of being free is to give others their freedom while still maintaining your own, especially in the face of your beliefs.

There is no hypocrisy here. If one believes in federalism, having both abortion rights and gay rights decided at the state level allows one to be both against Roe and for the repeal of DOMA. In the past I've written:

The legitimate property interest that every woman has in her own body, and her right to be free of the state's interference in that respect, makes me a reluctant pro-choicer in the first trimester (for want of any better time limit).

Since writing that, the Dish's late-term abortion series complicated my view of such procedures.

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