Tag: Gay Marriage

The GOP, Gay Marriage, and Campaign Strategy

 

Tony Alter (CC)The GOP has been struggling to deal with social issues and the ballot for some time now. In the conservative echo chamber that is a fact that is daily denied, and the proof offered is the continual support of vocal social conservatives. They are a very vocal minority, and that is not helping the situation. It’s further complicated by the fact that in hindsight, it has been generally assumed that the only reason Barack Obama ended up with a second term was because conservative Republicans decided to stay home on election day, instead of voting for Mitt Romney. Or maybe that isn’t a complicating factor.

For some time now, political pundits and strategists have been going back and forth over precisely where liberty-minded millennial voters will land in upcoming elections. It is hoped that they will decide to follow Tea Party leaders like Rand Paul and Justin Amash, at least since these people are aligned with the GOP, if in name only. That would probably be the case if economic, foreign policy, and deficit spending were the only issues these voters cared about. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case.

The fact is that while younger voters might agree with many conservative principles when it comes to fiscal and foreign policy issues, they can’t get past the social issues to choose conservatives where it counts — at the ballot box. This is something that Larry Sabato’s Center for Politics has already explored in depth. Boil it down to basics, and the bottom line is that there isn’t a majority of young voters that are for pushing social conservative issues. On the contrary, they’re largely opposed to the conservative stand.

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I have always tried to argue that there is a very serious civil outcome to redefining marriage, and it has nothing to do with religious liberty or the idea of “sacramental marriage.” Since marriage is society’s primary way of acknowledging and understanding parenthood, redefining marriage redefines parenthood. Here in California, the affects of “SSM” and redefining parenthood […]

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I believe that the divide between conservatives on the marriage issue actually runs deeper than marriage. On Peter’s recent marriage thread, I several times I asked a question that went something like this: Does society have a duty to place a nature-based limitation on the number of legally recognized parents for children? Preview Open

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This post is not about “marriage equality” per se. It’s about the way “marriage equality” is implemented. The title of this post is a parody of the point I would like to discuss, which is this: that the legal meaning ascribed to your marriage, as shown on your marriage certificate, quite possibly changes when your […]

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I see statements like this a lot here, but usually only in relation to the marriage issue. I could say the same thing about other issues, such as abortion: “I don’t see how somebody else’s abortion affects me.” As another example, so far this year there have been 108 murders in Chicago. I live in […]

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Why this? Why now? Since I have extensively written online as Jennifer Thieme, I thought it would be prudent to formally announce that I have gone back to my maiden name: Jennifer Johnson. It also seemed like a good time to tell the story of my last names, as it is an unusual story and […]

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I’m wondering if someone can speak to the legal prospects of conservative churches being somehow legally coerced to embrace gay marriage. If a devout Christian baker can be ordered to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple, are we far from churches being threatened with losing their non-profit status for refusing to marry gays? […]

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Same-Sex Marriage: Yes, It’s Over

 

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Like Rachel Lu, I too felt the need to respond to the discussion in the recent Ricochet flagship podcast (May 22) about same-sex marriage. Thanks to Rachel for motivating me to do so.

For decades now, employers have offered their employees health benefits. Benefits are how an organization attracts and keeps qualified professionals. Companies that don’t offer benefits have higher turnover and attract a worse class of workers. Benefits packages are simply part of competitive compensation. You offer them because you need to.

Same-Sex Marriage: Not Over Yet

 

shutterstock_144268093I’ve been meaning to put this up since Peter and James discussed it on the Ricochet podcast more than a week ago: I don’t think the controversy over gay marriage has been settled yet. Conservatives should not give up on it, and those who do may well find themselves apologetically backpedalling some years hence.

We need to remember that progressives are wrong when they suggest that culture always moves inexorably in one direction. Sometimes we flirt with stupid ideas for awhile, realize their folly, and then abandon them. Remember when open marriage was a thing? When getting divorced was best for your kids “because they won’t be happy if you’re not”? Remember Dan Quayle getting mocked for saying what is now completely conventional wisdom among liberals and conservatives alike — that single parenthood isn’t just a lifestyle choice? Social ideas and customs do shift back and forth over time. Sometimes we even learn things and make appropriate adjustments.

Given how quickly and non-democratically same-sex marriage has descended upon us, there’s every reason to think that some learning and adjustment could still take place. This is still a dynamic situation, with much to gain and much more to lose. Given that fact, it’s very disheartening to me that so many conservatives now view same-sex marriage as a settled fight from which we need to find a graceful exit. Their complicity is itself a pretty sad statement about conservative priorities.

A Bishop Who Refuses to Cower

 

Just issued by Rev. Charles Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia:

Archbishop-ChaputToday’s federal district court decision striking down Pennsylvania’s Defense of Marriage Act is a mistake with long-term, negative consequences. Like many other Pennsylvanians, I hope that an appeal will be made promptly. Laws that defend the traditional definition of marriage were enacted for sound reasons—namely to defend the rights of children and contribute to the well-being of the larger community.

A Signatory Explains His Position on Same-Sex Marriage … Sort of — Richard Epstein

 

I am one of the people who chose to sign on to the statement (which I did not draft) that carries with it the title “Freedom to Marry, Freedom To Dissent: Why We Must Have Both.” I have received some questions as to why I chose to participate. Here are the basic points.

I think that the efforts to drive people like Brendan Eich from his professional employment via a blizzard of pious statements about the need for universal tolerance, some from Mozilla itself, are themselves representative of a peculiar form of intolerance, which treats this issue as one on which there can be no debate. This effort to drown out disagreement may be legal, but that is beside the point for issues of social discourse. It would have been intolerable for individuals who opposed same-sex marriage to try to silence their opposition in this fashion, and the principle remains the same in the reverse.

Enlightened Elites Are Kindly Granting You A Grace Period In Which to Dissent — Merina Smith

 

What do you think of the public statement signed by a cadre of intellectuals entitled Freedom to Marry, Freedom to Dissent: Why We Must Have BothThe statement, signed by supporters of gay marriage, calls for more tolerance in the debate over the issue, pointing to recent incidents like the controversy surrounding Brendan Eich:

We support same-sex marriage; many of us have worked for it, in some cases for a large portion of our professional and personal lives. We affirm our unwavering commitment to civic and legal equality, including marriage equality. At the same time, we also affirm our unwavering commitment to the values of the open society and to vigorous public debate—the values that have brought us to the brink of victory.

The Unanticipated Effects of LGBT Utopia — Michael Stopa

 

Liberalism is, in its essence, Utopian. Every liberal policy, no matter how trivial, points to the bright horizon of a better day, like the vanishing points in a surreal de Chirico painting. That liberals can’t agree amongst themselves about the particulars of their earthly paradise — other than that it will be harmoniously rainbow-colored and that we will all eat locally grown produce — does not undermine their faith in it. The arrow of time is taking us to some final society that, whatever it contains, is bound to be just swell.

The fact that Utopia, as they conceive i,t would be mind-numbingly boring does not disturb liberal composure. They don’t, after all, have to live in it. They are driven to construct it — and driven to heights of grandiosity — by their profound incapacity to cope with their own mortality.