I remember, back when I was in high school, having a furious debate with Michael Jennings via email over the differences between men and women–I was arguing that they were different yet equal overall, and he was arguing that “separate is inherently unequal”, citing Brown v. Board. I did not consider a comparison of the sexes to be analogous to a comparison of races, especially since the “separate” mentioned in this case refers to the quality of education, not to the actual people involved. To wit: “We conclude that in the field of public education, the doctrine of separate but equal has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” I also was unimpressed with the notion of allowing court cases to dictate one’s personal ethics. Unfortunately, I wasn’t very eloquent back then, so I think I ultimately lost that debate.
After all these years, though, it looks like I get the last laugh!
(Side note: I don’t know what Michael would say about that debate now. This was, like, nine years ago, or something. Hell, I could have even misinterpreted what he was trying to say…but the debate/argument had a profound effect on my opinions, so I cite it as I remember it.)