We are appalled by the growing number of public officials who have decided to break the laws of their states and issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
Even those who support gay marriage should be opposed to such lawlessness because it undermines the foundations of civility in our society and puts the lie to their claims that gay couples can act as responsible citizens.
In the last several weeks, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome has married more than 3,400 gay couples, and Mayor Jason West of New Paltz, N.Y., has married more than 25 couples and has a waiting list of 1,000. West says he plans to continue marrying gay couples, despite being charged Tuesday with 19 criminal counts for violating New York state laws.
On Wednesday, the lawlessness spread to Portland, Ore., where a county commissioner said she would begin issuing licenses for gay marriages.