Article updating the arguments against same sex marriage
In fact, Sullivan predicted, gays might prove to be even more committed marriage partners than are heterosexuals.
(But in a later editorial, Sullivan admitted that many gay men have no interest in marriage if it carries the expectation of fidelity.) How then, Kurtz wonders, would gay marriage actually play out?
So striking is this general silence, that one cannot help but wonder about the reasons for it." Three respected and moderately liberal Protestant theologians were recently asked to explain their views to a T. audience on the question of gay marriage, Kurtz notes.
All were opposed to gay marriage, but they declined to appear because they feared being publicy labelled as "homophobic." Kurtz explains that the great French admirer of American democracy, Alexis de Tocqueville, warned that in a democracy, social ostracism can be all too easily used against those with minority viewpoints.
Gay individuals around the world have had the luxury to be recognized as partners and lovers starting more than 1,500 years ago.
CHICAGO—Sprinting down the platform and frantically waving his arms, local man Dustin Sayer was reportedly running toward a departing train Wednesday because he must have finally realized he loves her.But what is curious about the current situation, Kurtz notes, is that social ostracism is now being used effectively against the viewpoint.He notes the powerful "censoring role" of the mainstream media, and the fact that a small group of deeply committed partisans can sometimes succeed in imposing certain costs on their ideological adversaries."But one also senses," he says, "that the silencing of the majority would never have been possible were the majority itself more certain of its ground." Misunderstanding the democratic ideal of equality Because we as Americans favor tolerance and equality--and consider them obligations of our democracy--we have become confused when required to justify the very traditions, such as marriage, upon which "democracy itself depends," because those traditions seem to conflict with the democratic ideal of civil rights and non-discrimination.
Kurtz cites writer Andrew Sullivan--not a radical, but a self-described gay conservative--who agrees that marriage is an institution worth preserving, and one which will encourage relational stability and economic security among gays, just as it has among heterosexuals.
POLAND, ME—Studying the youngsters in front of the stable as if she alone possessed the insight into who belonged with whom, Rockbrook Camp counselor Melissa Burke, 19, reportedly assigned kids to horses in a beginner horseback riding class Thursday like a sage town matchmaker presiding over marriage arrangements.