Many of my conservative friends do not share my views about gay marriage. More and more conservatives, however, are altering long held beliefs on this topic. One of those conservatives is David Blankenhorn.
Instead of fighting gay marriage, I’d like to help build new coalitions bringing together gays who want to strengthen marriage with straight people who want to do the same. For example, once we accept gay marriage, might we also agree that marrying before having children is a vital cultural value that all of us should do more to embrace? Can we agree that, for all lovers who want their love to last, marriage is preferable to cohabitation?
I know that neither Blankenhorn nor I will ever be able to change all minds. Still - I hope that more and more people who share my views about small government, fiscal restraint, personal freedoms, commitment and other conservative and libertarian values will perhaps one day see that recognizing gay partnerships and gay marriage is really an extension of such values; not counter to them.