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February 14, 2016

Gay Marriage (Part 1): Conservatives Have More Important Things to Worry About

Hooray for Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, for changing his mind about same-sex marriage. Now it’s time some other major Republican leaders to do so for reasons other than that they have children who are gay, like Portman and Dick Cheney, or that they, like former Rep. Jim Kolbe of Arizona, are gay themselves.

The Supreme Court may take the issue out of politics if it decides that marriage equality is a constitutional right. Portman said he hopes it won’t, apparently fearing a repeat of the decades of tumult that followed the court’s Roe v. Wade decision on abortion in 1973.

My guess, though, is that this is different. If you believe that life begins at conception, then every abortion is, at best, a case of manslaughter. You can’t not fight it.

When gays are allowed to marry, however, no one gets hurt. Quite the contrary —people who love each other are allowed to make a life’s commitment and to receive the legal protections that accrue to married persons.

And, despite the claims of conservatives (and asserted in the 2012 Republican platform), the institution of marriage is not undermined, either.

Gays represent just 4 percent of the U.S. population. How can their joining an institution possibly undermine it, especially when heterosexuals have done so much to damage it already?

Apparently, it is not true that 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce. The best estimate I can find is 41 percent, but that’s bad enough. And then there is the even more disturbing fact, explored at length this weekend in The Wall Street Journal  that 41 percent of U.S. births occur out of wedlock — just 12 percent among college graduates, but 83 percent among high school dropouts.

Now that is something for people concerned about the institution of marriage to worry about, and to start figuring out how to reverse. (I don’t think that dismantling the U.S. Department of Education, an idea cheered at the Conservative Political Action Conference last weekend, is a move in the right direction.)

To be continued…

  • disqus_iCgF4UjXVT

    Well first of all I can not understand what kind of a son
    would put his father in that position. The son has ruined the Senator’s career.
    Second I have to say that the Senator has shown himself to be just another
    lying politician. He ran his campaign as
    being against gay marriage, and once elected decided to grab what he can. Is traitorous act is no difference than if he
    had voted to give his son a big government contract because he is his son. If his son had been involved in rape would
    the Senator then claim that rape should be accepted by the women it was forced
    upon. Senator Portman had just proved that you can not trust any politician;
    therefore you can not trust government.

    • Gary Lindsay

      Portman could have chosen the path of intolerance, like state senator Knight (author of California Prop 22) did. Knight pursued a rabidly anti-Gay platform even after his son came out.

  • Xgay Greg

    I used to be addicted to men, but 7 years ago Jesus set me FREE! (YouTube
    video) I am now free from the sin of homosexuality. Marriage is between 1 man
    and 1 woman according to the King James Bible (Genesis 2:24) December 19, 2010
    I married a beautiful woman of God. FREE AT LAST FREE AT LAST, THANK GOD

    I have NOT had ex-gay therapy, unless you consider Jesus my Therapist.

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