One of the Most Prominent Marriage Equality Critics Dramatically Recants
The pro marriage-equality forces already have two of the nation’s most prominent conservatives, former Vice-President Dick Cheney and his former solicitor general, Ted Olson, on their side. Now they can add one of the most respected and well-known opponents to their ranks.
In perhaps the most public way possible -- an opinion piece in the nation’s most important and respected newspaper, the New York Times -- David Blankenhorn wrote on June 22 that he is doing a 180-degree turn in his thinking for what boils down to three essential reasons:
• "The equal dignity of homosexual love": "The time for denigrating or stigmatizing same-sex relationships is over," he writes.
• "Comity": "I have no stomach for what we often too glibly call ’culture wars.’"
• "Respect for an emerging consensus": "Most of our national elites, as well as most younger Americans, favor gay marriage."
Significantly, in a follow-up article in the Times, Blankenhorn pointedly notes that much (if not most, if not all) of the opposition on the Right is attributable to "an underlying antigay animus."
Blankenhorn expressly states that he still personally prefers marriage between a man and a woman, "believing that children have the right, insofar as society makes it possible, to know and to be cared for by the two parents who brought them into this world."
What he does not do is acknowledge that the 1950s TV sitcom ideal of the nuclear family has long since been blown apart, without any help from gay men or lesbians. He does, however, admit that heterosexuals are doing a pretty good job of making a hash of traditional marriage. "If fighting gay marriage was going to help marriage over all, I think we’d have seen some signs of it by now," he admits.