Of all the obstacles the legislator has to combat, the most sure and omnipresent is the antagonism of many minds to anything and everything new, from the legislative standpoint. This bias of many men, this inborn conservatism which arouses in the majority an unreasonable antagonism to all measures which are out of the ordinary—an antagonism which has nothing to do with eason, or with the real value of the proposed legislation—is always to be met, when, to the mind of the average legislator, the measure brought forward is new. That is quite sufficient with some of our conservative brethren, to damn it beyond all hope of redemption, and to take from the enactment their interest and support, but, when to this conservative objection to new ideas is added the abhorrence of many individuals to everything relating even remotely to the tabooed subject of the sexual relation, the latent opposition is
PARKER CW. LEGISLATIVE PROBLEMS IN THE REGULATION OF MARRIAGES. JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(9):521–523. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610090007001c
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