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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

A Conservative Argument For Same Gender Marriage

From Diogenes Borealis: A Conservative Argues For Same-sex Marriage
An op-ed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution by Terry J. Garlock argues "Conservatives wrong to fight gay marriage". An excerpt:

I've given this a lot of thought, and I think my prior stand against same-sex marriage was based on my personal thoughts about homosexuality rather than individual liberty. Those are two separate issues. My uneasiness may never go away, no matter how many names the enlightened ones call me, but the freedom of same-sex couples does not depend on my endorsement of their lifestyle.

As a conservative, I believe the state should stay out of the business of judging which unrelated adults may and may not make a marriage commitment to each other, that when a same-sex couple chooses to marry, we conservatives should value their liberty far more than any personal or religious disagreement with homosexuality. Conservatives should welcome the contribution of same-sex marriage to the virtues of commitment and family stability we hold so dear.

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