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Tidbits for Political Junkies with Short Attention Spans & Hearty Appetites

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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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