Opposition to gay marriage was caused by State's Rights? Please enlighten me on that one please. Then explain how general discrimination,segregation, racism are caused by it.
Sorry.. you got it backwards. It is used to oppose these issues.. Ironically SUPPORT of Gay marriage has benefited from State's rights too. As has the actions to legalized marijuana.
So.. it's not a monster.. it's a tool. Used for good and bad.
As for the 'Southern states are evil and backwards and corrupt'. Please. Stop.
Monster or not, on any objective view of history, the doctrine of states' rights has overwhelmingly been invoked as an impediment to social progress and a defense of some of our more reactionary practices and institutions.
"States' rights" was the clarion call for opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Voting Rights Act, public school desegregation, and the ACA (remember Mitt's schizophrenic position that adoption of compulsory health insurance was fine for the people of Massachusetts but not for the people of the United States). The doctrine also provided the ideological foundation for Arizona's semi-failed experimentation with immigration law. And, the attempts to disenfranchise voters in the recent election were exercises in state, not federal, law (in some cases, invalidated by federal courts).
Further, a host of judicial guarantees of civil liberty, some very near and dear to the hearts of many on this site, have come only at the expense of significant incursions into state hegemony through the 14h Amendment. These have notably included the rights to abort a pregnancy, to use contraception, to require the police have probable cause to arrest, to require the police obtain a warrant before ransacking a home, to be free of religious indoctrination in public schools, to speak and publish without state reprisal, and to engage in homosexual relations.
It is also worth considering that DOMA, although a federal statute, protects the rights of states
not to allow same sex marriages or even to recognize those conceived in other states.
"States' rights" is one of those phrases, like "white man's burden" and "the Jewish question." which make my scrotum shrivel. Our states are an artifact of the rather balkanized approach of the British to colonization of North America without which I often think we would have been far better off. But, then, our only legislative body would be the House of Representatives. Perish the thought.