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On judicial usurpation

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Nov 24, 2003

The flagrantly anti-democratic approach to gay "marriage" in Massachusetts recalls an important in-house debate among American conservatives, several years ago.

It all began when First Things put together a symposium on "judicial usurpation of politics," and asked a group of very perceptive writers whether the unchecked activism of a few unelected judges could actually undermine the legitimacy of the American government. Some conservatives said Yes. Others were angry that First Things even raised the question.

Now, with 4 unelected judges in Massachusetts having unilaterally changed the definition of marriage, we're once again confronted with the question: At what point does this judicial activism become a crisis for the American regime?

That old debate is worth re-reading. And our friends at Spence Publishing have published the whole controversy in paperback book form, now available for the laughably low price of $7.17.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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