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When Veteran Conservatives Call Gay Marriage Common Sense, We’re Winning

by David Badash on December 10, 2012

in Marriage,News,Politics

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The news that the U.S. Supreme Court will take up two marriage cases this session was indeed big news, enough for it to be central to the Sunday talk shows. ABC’s “This Week” took the issue head on, with two veteran conservative pundits essentially throwing up their hands and giving in.

George Will, a somewhat cantankerous 71-year old Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Washington Post columnist, and outspoken conservative, told George Stephanopoulos that “There is something like an emerging consensus. Quite literally, the opposition to gay marriage is dying. It’s old people.”

Mary Matalin, a conservative Republican strategist who worked for Reagan, both presidents Bush, and Dick Cheney, explained the surge in public support for same sex marriage:

Americans have common sense. There are important constitutional, biological, theological, ontological questions relative to homosexual marriage. People who live in the real world, say, the greater threat to the civil order are the heterosexuals who don’t get married and are making babies. That’s an epidemic in crisis proportions. That is irrefutably more problematic for our culture than homosexuals getting married. I find this important dancing on the head of a pin argument, but in real life, looking down 30 years from now, real people understand the consequences of so many babies being born out of wedlock to the economy and to the morality of the country.

Both have previously spoken against same-sex marriage.

Both sound like their waning opposition is moving toward full support. And both sound poised to say in decades to come, “The GOP always supported same-sex marriage. It was the Democrats who were against it.”

Besides, now they’re ramping up, apparently, the War on Single Parents who, apparently, are dangerous “to the economy and to the morality of the country.”

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bgryphon December 10, 2012 at 9:25 am

This is a reminder that the anti- Marriage Equality forces are arguing based on (generally) religious grounds and not actual conservative values. Things like "social stability" and "small government" and "personal freedom".

That's why, in a previous century, a conservative President would support environmental policy of Conservation (see the root of that word?) – using up non-renewable resources as fast as you can is hedonism, selfishness- the antithesis of true conservatism.

asalwayschristine December 10, 2012 at 4:21 pm

They always need someone to blame. Gays, women and the blahs will be used, and alternated, to fit their "Christian" Taliban beliefs.

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