Sunday, October 25, 2009

NYT Conservative Says Opposing Marriage-Equality is a Losing Battle

Everybody knows it... Everybody knows it... Everybody knows its true...:
"New York Times conservative columnist, Ross Douthat, became physically uncomfortable when he was asked what his thoughts were on the issue of marriage-equality at a panel discussion about young conservatives for the N+1 magazine.

On the panel Douthat had this to say, 'I am someone opposed to gay marriage who is deeply uncomfortable arguing the issue in public,' reports Matt Frassica, who wrote about the incident for The New York Observer. Douthat later said that opposition to marriage-equality is a losing argument, and told the Observer, ''If I were putting money on the future of gay marriage, I would bet on it.' and 'The secular arguments against gay marriage, when they aren't just based on bigotry or custom, tend to be abstract in ways that don't find purchase in American political discourse. I say, ‘Institutional support for reproduction,' you say, ‘I love my boyfriend and I want to marry him.' Who wins that debate? You win that debate.'"

I think everyone KNOWS that we're going to have Marriage Equality eventually... its a matter of when. Do we continue this long, drawn out, oh so late debate in which we amp up the anti-gay rhetoric, which in turn--in its wake--leads to violence and retaliation against innocent American Citizens who happen to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender; as well as--in its wake--leads to harassment and bullying in schools which is why the LGBT youth suicide rate is FOUR TIMES the average? OR do we get Conservatives to say, "I don't want to be on the wrong side of history" and convince them that the right, Conservative, Patriotic AMERICAN thing to do is to support Equality?

Hmmm?

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