The Conservative Case for Gay MarriageBy
“Many of my fellow conservatives have an almost knee-jerk hostility toward gay marriage. This does not make sense, because same-sex unions promote the values conservatives prize. Marriage is one of the basic building blocks of our neighborhoods and our nation. At its best, it is a stable bond between two individuals who work to create a loving household and a social and economic partnership. We encourage couples to marry because the commitments they make to one another provide benefits not only to themselves but also to their families and communities. Marriage requires thinking beyond one’s own needs. It transforms two individuals into a union based on shared aspirations, and in doing so establishes a formal investment in the well-being of society. The fact that individuals who happen to be gay want to share in this vital social institution is evidence that conservative ideals enjoy widespread acceptance. Conservatives should celebrate this, rather than lament it.”
—Former Solicitor General Ted Olson in this week’s Newsweek magazine
WNC Conservatives like to talk about Smaller Government, but they seem fine with using the power of Big Government when it suits their own social agenda. I mean, heck, my good friend and old boss Carl Mumpower can get married and get divorced and get married again, but he’d deny me the right to marry even one person. What gives, Carl?
What is the conservative case against gay marriage and civil unions? What do my Republican friends Erika Franzi, Nathan Ramsey and Bobby Coggins have to say about it?
And how do the rest of you Hooligans feel?