In propaganda disguised as a legal decision, California's Judge Vaughn Walker decreed last week that "moral and religious views form the only basis for a belief that same-sex couples are different from opposite-sex couples." I guess we can forget about those inconvertible biological differences and the emotional ones, too, not to mention the statistical, historical, cultural, social and psychological disparities.
When it comes to the totality of our lives, Americans (and all Westerners) are culturally Hebrew, Greek, and Roman. We owe our intellectual inheritance to Athens, our religious attitude to Jerusalem, and our legal, administrative, and political acumen to Rome. In his new book, Why We're All Romans, historian Carl J. Richard, argues that the complex composition of Westerners depends on Rome and the influence of its empire for our diversity.