Kennedy tosses this into his opinion, bizarrely, as a side comment. Referring to gays who seek matrimony, he says, “[T]heir immutable nature dictates that same-sex marriage is their only real path to this profound commitment.” Later, he speaks of “new insights” that have transformed society, including this one: “Only in more recent years have psychiatrists and others recognized that sexual orientation is both a normal expression of human sexuality and immutable.” Kennedy doesn’t elaborate on these remarks, but they’re huge. Immutability is the biggest difference between homosexuality and polyamory. Even the pro-polyamory law review article cited by Roberts in his dissent acknowledges that immutability is a crucial factor in identifying unjust discrimination against classes of people—and that “polygamists are not born that way.”—SlateThe Long View
Pinckney’s roots reach all the way to this little stucco church along a narrow two-lane highway in Marion, South Carolina, where his mother’s family settled more than 100 years ago. Those bloodlines make it easy to understand why Pinckney never ventured too far from home or the family calling. Pinckney’s political awakening was informed not just by the AME’s history of fighting for civil rights and social justice but by the battles fought by his own relatives.
The Post & Courier reported in 2001 that Pinckney came from a long line of rabble rousers who stirred up trouble when it was extremely perilous for black Americans to do so. Pinckney’s great-grandfather, the Rev. Lorenzo Stevenson, sued the Democratic party to lift the party’s racial restrictions on party primaries. His great-uncle, the Rev. Levern Stevenson, lead boycotts over voting restrictions, eventually filing a lawsuit that ultimately led to “black representation for the first time in South Carolina.”
“My Uncle Levern taught me to keep your head in the clouds and your feet on the ground,” Pinckney told the Post and Courier. “You have to want something more than anyone else and go after it.”—BuzzFeed