A quick footnote to my posting earlier today about the decision of some county clerks in Florida to shut down courthouse marriages altogether — for everyone — rather than marry the gays: on my Facebook page, I posted a link to Mark Joseph Stern's Slate article about the Florida story, an article that I discussed in my posting here earlier today
In response to Stern's article, a Facebook friend of mine (actually, a distant cousin who grew up in northwest Louisiana, where my father was born, and has multiple family ties to me, who's a lawyer outside Houston now), wrote,
Remember the public swimming pools closed all over the south after Brown v. Board of Education in 1964? Same hateful crap.
My Facebook friend/cousin hadn't even read my Bilgrimage posting when she made that remark. It's interesting to me that her mind leapt to the very same historical parallel mine did when I read what some Florida clerks are now trying.