That’s right — lawyers for Indiana and Wisconsin claimed that because a ‘fleeting moment of passion’ can produce offspring, straight people need marriage as an incentive to stay together and raise their ‘unintended children.’ Gay people, on the other hand, have to think and plan a lot harder if they want to be parents, so marriage doesn’t concern them. In other words, because an ill-considered, alcohol-fueled romp between two straight people can lead to a baby, gays shouldn’t be able to marry.

My take on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals arguments at Salon

Justice Kennedy’s exercise in judicial restraint has come back to haunt him. In overturning DOMA without fully explaining why, he left lower courts to come up with their own standards for judging gay-marriage bans across the country. In the end, this has only hastened the day the Supreme Court will have to fully explain itself on gay marriage.

The Supreme Court’s gay encore: Why the marriage equality battle is not over yet.” My latest at Salon.

French babysitting.

French babysitting.

This doesn’t look like the sort of place you can sit at with your laptop. Does that mean I have to find a Starbucks in Paris? (at Place Balard)

This doesn’t look like the sort of place you can sit at with your laptop. Does that mean I have to find a Starbucks in Paris? (at Place Balard)

Obama needs to quit talking tough on the border and treat the current crisis as a humanitarian one

The Obama administration’s goal should not be to remove the children as soon as possible. Instead, it should direct the bulk of the funds it is asking for to bolster the severely overburdened immigration courts, which are best suited to determine how each child’s case should be handled, whether they qualify for asylum or should be returned home. It should do whatever possible to make this process expeditious and provide the kids with proper care and legal counsel.

Our immigration system has many problems. We only allot 5,000 visas for unskilled immigrants per year (that’s not per country, but overall). Countries like Iceland with a population of around 250,000 get the same number of visas as Mexico, which has a population of 113 million. Having such narrow channels for legal immigration has led to massive illegal immigration; the courts are backlogged for years. Lack of enforcement, however, is not the problem.

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