History’s Hindsight for Gay Marriage Equality Opponents

Eric Zorn uses the current film Lincoln, about the battle to pass the 13th Amendment to the constitution, as his frame of reference for how we may see gay marriage equality foes portrayed in future years. From his article in the Chicago Tribune:

If Hollywood decides many years from now to make an epic motion picture detailing the fight for gay marriage in Illinois, perhaps the film director will mercifully change Sen. Christine Radogno to “Sen. Christine Randolph,” and Sen. James Meeks to “Sen. James Miller.”

Radogno is leader of the Senate Republicans, who voted unanimously earlier this week (with three not voting) to stall and thereby try to kill a marriage-equality bill introduced in the lame-duck legislative session in Springfield. Meeks, a South Side pastor, is one of the few Democratic holdouts siding with conservative religious leaders clutching their collective pearls at the imagined horrors that will follow the legalization of same-sex marriage.

If they’re lucky, the director will do for them and their fellow opponents the undeserved favor that Steven Spielberg did for many of the Democrats in the U.S. House in 1865 who raged against passage of the 13th Amendment during the political battle at the heart of “Lincoln,” Spielberg’s latest film.


It was a peculiar decision on Spielberg’s part given his claims to otherwise painstaking accuracy and given that he did identify certain prominent congressional opponents of the 13th Amendment by name.

But the lesson is clear. The judgment of time is harsh. And those who stand in front of the steamroller of fairness fluttering their hands and shrieking “Stop!” will be ignominiously crushed, reduced to ugly caricature and, if fortune is on their side, given false names to preserve the honor of their descendants.

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