Monday, January 11, 2010

The "Conservative" Case For Gay Marriage

So-called conservative Ted Olson recently wrote a lengthy opinion piece for Newsweek explaining why he is working to legalize same-sex marriage--here's an excerpt:
Many of my fellow conservatives have an almost knee-jerk hostility toward gay marriage. This does not make sense, because same-sex unions promote the values conservatives prize. Marriage is one of the basic building blocks of our neighborhoods and our nation. At its best, it is a stable bond between two individuals who work to create a loving household and a social and economic partnership. We encourage couples to marry because the commitments they make to one another provide benefits not only to themselves but also to their families and communities. Marriage requires thinking beyond one's own needs. It transforms two individuals into a union based on shared aspirations, and in doing so establishes a formal investment in the well-being of society. The fact that individuals who happen to be gay want to share in this vital social institution is evidence that conservative ideals enjoy widespread acceptance. Conservatives should celebrate this, rather than lament it.

Legalizing same-sex marriage would also be a recognition of basic American principles, and would represent the culmination of our nation's commitment to equal rights. It is, some have said, the last major civil-rights milestone yet to be surpassed in our two-century struggle to attain the goals we set for this nation at its formation.

He also recorded this video for the magazine:

Olson's use of fancy trial lawyer "logic" and "reasoning" can almost seem convincing at first. But we must remember that this is not about being logical or reasonable. This is about following the Bible down to the letter. And the Bible is very clear (Matthew 5:32, Mark 10:11-12, Luke 16:18, 1 Corinthians 7:10-11) that marriage must only be between one man and one woman--FOR LIFE!

Enough with all the argument and debate, enough with all these so-called "facts" and "evidence," and (most of all!) enough with these so-called "rights." It's far past time for everyone to read their Bibles and for us all to restructure our legal system around its precepts. It's easy to do and requires no real independent thinking or reasoning of any kind. So just get with the program people and do what I tell you the Bible tells you to do!

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