Tidbits for Political Junkies with Short Attention Spans & Hearty Appetites


Saturday, May 22, 2004


The Economist on the Gay Marriage Wars

I'd say they're about right, when they pose the question, "Another Thirty Years War in the making?"

It will be a long battle -- but calling it a battle between "gay activists" and "social conservatives" marginalizes one side, while sugar-coating the other.

Those "gay activists" could just as easily be characterized as "citizens standing up for their rights" -- and even social conservatives like William Safire and David Brooks have gone on record supporting gay marriage, so we should probably find another name for the virulently anti-marriage brigade -- like religious extremists, shameless bigots, or brazen homophobes. To call them "social conservatives" is to credit their intolerance with a respectability it simply doesn't deserve.


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