I have a mini-review up of Michael Klarman’s fine new book on same-sex marriage and backlash. Despite my longtime skepticism about the focus on countermobilization and litigation and Klarman’s greater sympathy for the argument, I largely agree with Klarman’s bottom line. The key, as always, is to remember that politics is about conflict, and to wait until consensus has been achieved to advance social change generally means waiting forever:
The ultimate lesson of same-sex-marriage litigation is that politics is about conflict and that while it’s important to be mindful of backlash, it’s also a mistake to let it discourage any potentially successful strategy (including litigation). There’s no painless way of altering a status quo that many people are committed to, and short-term countermobilization does not ensure defeat in the long run. The success of the LBGT-rights movement is a testament to this fact.
Anyway, much more at the link.