OK, so Melissa McEwan\’s a little over the top here but she does make a good point.
There are certain things called \”rights\” which are not, or should not be, subject to the tyranny of the majority. In her example whether or not two same sex people can get married to each other is just such a right, not something that should be decided by a democratic vote.
Whether or not we agree on whether that is a specific right is one thing: but the distinction into things which are rights and things which are for the majority to decide for all is correct.
The thing is, looking around me, I see many who will agree with this distinction but not on the dividing line between which is which.
I take it as axiomatic that I own my own body: but the democratic majority tells me that I cannot sell a kidney. I take it that as an adult I can consent to sex with any other consenting adult as I wish. But the democratic majority tells me that a gay S&M orgy (umm, not particularly something I think I would enjoy but as an example) is something that would see be banged up in gaol for years, as has happened to others. I take it as again axiomatic that I own the produce of my own labour: there are any number who will tell me that I do not, from those who would insist that it belongs to the State to those would would insist I must send it to corrupt autocrats in Africa.
Quite how we get everyone lined up on what are indeed rights and what are to be decided by the passing whims of the mob I\’m not sure.