Monday, November 10, 2014

Maggie Gallagher: We lost the Marriage Debate

My friend Austin Ruse is contemplating why we are losing the marriage debate. I myself am struck by the fact that given politicians and the academy and Fox News have all abandoned the issue, exit polls show Americans continue to be split 50–50 on gay marriage.

The biggest problem we face is not that our arguments lack appeal, but that the debate has been closed down, and Americans rarely hear our arguments.

That, and that opposing gay marriage threatens your job.

On my behalf I would say, I didn’t come up with an argument that I thought would “win.” I articulated the argument that in my view needed to be won. Marriage is about bringing together the two great halves of humanity, male and female, so children have the love and care of their mom and dad.

That’s the argument that I think it’s most important to win, whether or not we can.



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